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Falls Prevention

Falls Prevention Resources

Falls Prevention Week 2021 Schedule/Descriptions

What can I do to prevent a fall? Join us to learn more about the steps you can take to keep yourself and those you care for safe with our diverse selection of presentations including home safety, meditation, risk screenings, physical activity, nutrition, and much more during Falls Prevention Week 2021.

One in four Americans aged 65 and over fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. A fall can have serious impacts in terms of long-term health, day-to-day function, and independence. The good news is that falls are NOT an inevitable consequence of getting older and MANY falls can be prevented.

This year Falls Prevention Week will be held Sept. 20 – 24. Our goal remains the same – educating the public on the many ways to prevent falls, with both in-person and virtual activities.

While you wait for Falls Prevention Week 2021 to begin, check out our Physical Activity Resource Guide for inspiration on your journey!

If you are already exercising on a regular basis, keep it up! If you haven’t been active in the last few years, don’t worry, it’s never to late to start! But, remember to check with your doctor before starting to find out which types of exercise are best for you.

Progressive Meditation Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Meditation increases focus and mindfulness through different techniques that help participants experience a calm and peaceful state. This virtual class will begin with breath work, followed by a 30-40-minute progressive muscle relaxation using guided meditation, breath and imagery. It will also include time for Q&A at the end of class. The session will be led by Joan DePuy.

Home Safety & Fall Prevention, 1-2 p.m.

Are you interested in learning how to make your home safer? Join Mountain View Fire Rescue, City of Boulder Fire Rescue and Cultivate for a presentation on how to examine your home for safety and fall hazards. We will discuss ways you can make your home safer, answer questions, and provide local resources.

Exercises to Improve Balance During Activities of Daily Living, 3-4 p.m.

The ability to control balance during activities of daily living (ADL) is impaired in older adults as a result of deterioration in the sensory systems (i.e., vestibular, visual, somatosensory), the cognitive system (central nervous system), and the musculoskeletal system. Consequently, many older adults face a risk of falling during their ADL. In most cases, falls and related injuries impair the quality of life and result in physical limitations, anxiety, loss of confidence, and fear of falling. Among a variety of fall prevention interventions, adapted physical activity programs have been suggested for improving balance control during ADL. This session is presented by Vicki McPherson.

Lafayette Senior Center Fall Risk Screening Event (e-Vitality Check), 10 a.m.-noon

Genesis Rehab’s e-Vitality Check is used to identify changes in physical, emotional, environmental, social, career, and intellectual well-being of older adults in the community. The e-Vitality Checks will be completed by Vitality Rehab team members under the supervision of a licensed physical, occupational, or speech therapist. This electronic form allows for efficient, accurate, and comprehensive documentation of each person’s cognitive and functional status.

Understanding the Balance System and Avoiding Falls, 10-11 a.m.

This online program will review how the balance system functions in the human body, introduce various conditions that can challenge this system, and outline how to safely train the balance system to avoid falls in day-to-day activities. In addition, this talk will explore common conditions that may cause symptoms of feeling dizzy, unsteady, weak, or lightheaded, and what to do to mitigate or recover from these symptoms.

Instructor: Eli Edwards has a Master of Science in Neurophysiology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and works as a physical therapist with Mend in Boulder. He has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with a history of falls or complaints of unsteadiness or dizziness.

T’ai Chi for Health, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

During Falls Prevention Week, join an introductory T’ai Chi class offered by Boulder Community Health’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Physical Therapist and certified T’ai Chi instructor Juli Booton. T’ai Chi incorporates agility, balance, breathing, and relaxation techniques to improve health and wellness and prevent falls. T’ai Chi for Health was created by Dr. Paul Lam and a team of medical and T’ai Chi experts. The benefits of T’ai Chi include: reduced pain and stiffness, reduced stress and depression, improved circulation and heart and lung function, improved muscle strength and stamina, improved posture and body awareness, improved balance, improved concentration and memory, and stronger immunity and inner strength. While most frequently done in standing, T’ai Chi can also be done seated.

What’s Your Strategy for Gravity?, 11-11:45 a.m.

Creating a strategy to reduce your risk of falling is a great way to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. Don’t let a fear of falling keep you from being active. Join certified personal trainer Diana Walley for this 45-minute class to learn some key exercises that will help you maintain your strength and stability and reduce your risk of falling.

Aging Backwards = Stretching + Stability + Strength, 1-2 p.m.

Whether you’re 10 or 100+, proper stretching will build strength and flexibility to help you stand confidently on your own two feet. Join Oasis Senior Advisors and discover exercises which improve your balance to help you avoid falls or injuries. Using elements from the Aging Backwards program from Essentrics®, popular on PBS, you will learn exercises which are specifically designed for older adults. Discover the benefits of strengthening and stretching to develop a stronger, more agile, and mobile body.

Register for “Aging Backwards = Stretching + Stability + Strength” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Class is available in English.

T’ai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, 2-3 p.m.

Improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness with T’ai Chi. This demonstration will serve as an introduction to the “T’ai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” program. Participate in this instructed class via Zoom, teaching you basic t’ai chi moves through slow, gentle movements. This activity can be performed while standing or seated and is designed for all ages. Try something new and sign up today! You might even feel improvement in pain, fatigue, stiffness, and sense of well-being.

Register for “T’ai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Bone Builders, Bone Breakers, 3-4 p.m.

Presented by Helen Dohrman, CN, Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers in Lafayette. Bones are living structures that need to be nourished and supported throughout our lives. Calcium is just one piece of the puzzle. Join us to learn which foods and supplements support bone density and how to decrease bone loss. You will even learn a simple, research-based exercise that you can do at home!

Register for “Bone Builders, Bone Breakers” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Stepping Up Your Nutrition, 10-11:30 a.m.

This workshop focuses on how nutrition affects falls risk. Learn more about the importance of muscles for strength, key nutrients for older adults, how to determine personal nutrition risk, and how to create an action plan to improve nutritional health. This session will be led by Patti Murphy, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging’s Dietitian.

Register for “Stepping Up Your Nutrition” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Resource Talk at Lunch with Louisville’s Sustainability Specialist, 12-12:35 p.m.

Falls Prevention Week 2021 and Louisville’s Walk, Bike, And Wheel Week are happening simultaneously. Join us at lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to hear from Louisville’s Sustainability Specialist, Katie Baum, and the steps the City of Louisville is taking to make crosswalks safer and ADA compliant and discuss some benefits of walking to promote balance.

Registration is not required. If you would like to reserve lunch, please call 303-335-4931 or email brookscafe@louisvilleco.org by 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Location: Louisville Recreation & Senior Center (900 W Via Appia Way, Louisville CO 80027)

Leveraging Hearing Devices & Other Technology in the Fight Against Falls, 1-2:30 p.m.

In a world where the majority of older adults want to remain at home, aging gracefully is threatened by the peril of a fall. Unsteadiness is a mask of many adversaries including vision degeneration, neuropathy, and concerns of the inner ear system. Join Chelsea Walters, BS BC-HIS, of Family Hearing to better understand these villains and how to harness the superpowers and allies advantageous for overcoming them. Learn how modern technology offers many tools useful in mitigating fall risks including hearing devices, personal data mining, and an ecosystem of smart gadgets. Presented in-person with live recording on Zoom.

Register for the in-person presentation for “Leveraging Hearing Devices and Other Technology in the Fight Against Falls” by calling 303-335-4919. 38205-2. Location: Louisville Recreation & Senior Center (900 W Via Appia Way, Louisville CO 80027)

Also offering free Hearing Screenings from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 by appointment only at the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center. For more information and to schedule a screening, email elevateyourhearing@failyhearingco.com or call 303-665-0454.

Daily Progress for Falls Prevention, 2-3:30 p.m.

Learn to incorporate simple exercises each day in order to achieve larger falls prevention goals including balance, endurance, strength, getting up and down safely from the floor, or any other goal. Instructor will incorporate information from neuroscience as well as simple tools from the Gems of Excellence Brain-Mind Course to assist participants in de-stressing prior experiences, issues and beliefs that can also affect one’s progress. All skill levels welcome. This program will be held online and is sponsored by City of Boulder Older Adult Services and the generous support of Boulder Seniors Foundation.

Instructor: Laura Olinger from Vintage Moves, LLC, has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, Nia Black Belt, Aquatic Fitness Professional Certification, and 23 years of Gems Study.

Register for “Daily Progress for Falls Prevention” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Longmont United Hospital Falls Prevention: Tune in and Maximize Your Stability, 9–10:30 a.m.

Falls come unbidden, and often unexpected. The good news is that there are pro-active strategies you can take to maximize your body’s ability to move and stand with stability. Join Julie Blaser, Physical Therapist with Centura Physical Therapy at Longmont United Hospital, in this interactive class, as she shares how to assess your own balance, and what you can do to bring it to a higher level of functioning. She will cover paying attention to how you move and stand, offer simple exercises to improve balance, and explore when the use of assistive devices can bring safety and greater well-being. Expect to take home handouts for applying these principles at home.

Register for “LUH Falls Prevention: Tune in and Maximize Your Stability” by calling Longmont Senior Services at 303-651-8411.

Location: Longmont Senior Center (910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501)

The Intersections Between Older Adult Falls, Opioid Use, and Suicide, 10-11 a.m.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. Risk factors for and secondary impacts of falls are also risk factors for suicide and opioid use. These factors include isolation, depression, prescription opioids, impaired physical functioning, loss of mobility, and physical pain. This online presentation will examine ways that falls, opioid use, and suicide are linked and reinforce each other. We will discuss the importance of making these connections in our prevention work and invite participants to share their own perspectives and experiences on this topic. This session will be presented by Kelly Dougherty, Sara Jean Cardona, and Dymond Ruybal.

Register for “The Intersections Between Older Adult Falls, Opioid Use, and Suicide” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Hearing Loss and the Higher Risk of Falling, 11 a.m.-noon

Hear how age-related hearing loss can increase your risk of falls and ways to prevent them. This session will be presented by Aimee Langlois, PhD and retired audiologist.

Register for “Hearing Loss and the Higher Risk of Falling” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Demo of Stick Mobility, 1-1:30 p.m.

Try out a 30-minute demo of a new fitness class, Stick Mobility. Stick Mobility combines joint mobilization, strength training, and active stretching exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and coordination; reduce risk of injury; speed recovery; and improve athletic performance. Dwight Robinson is the instructor for this session.

Register for “Demo of Stick Mobility” by calling 303-335-4919.

Location: Louisville Recreation & Senior Center (900 W Via Appia Way, Louisville CO 80027)

Fall Proofing Your Home, 2-3 p.m.

As we get older, daily tasks that were once done without any thought can become troublesome and even dangerous. The risk of tripping or taking a fall increases with age and decline related to health issues. As mobility decreases, dangers in the home environment seem to rise and fall prevention tips become necessary. What can a caregiver do to help their care recipient age in place? There are many home modifications and care options available.

Register for “Fall Proofing Your Home” here.

Location: Online via Zoom

Choose Your Own Adventure in the Pursuit of Falls Prevention!

Check out the following programming to learn how to prevent falls for yourself as your loved ones with tips and exercise!

Falls Free Check Up

There are steps you can take to prevent yourself from falling. Get more information about falls prevention by answering these 12 questions.

Six Steps to Prevent a Fall

You might think you’re never going to fall, but the truth is one in three older adults falls every years in the U.S. The good news is that mots falls are preventable. Start by learning six easy steps.

Watch “NCOA: Six Steps to Prevent a Fall” here.

You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall

This video showcases programs that can keep you independent and active while reducing your risk of falling. Boulder County Area Agency on Aging and community partners offer various programs, such a T’ai Chi and Matter of Balance to help you get started.

Watch “NCOA: You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall” here.

Six Falls Prevention Steps to Help Your Older Loved Ones

Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and even head injuries. Take the six steps outlined in this document to keep them healthy and independent for as long as possible. Falls can be prevented, especially if you know where to look. Learn more about the common factors that can lead to a fall.

Read “Six Falls Prevention Steps to Help Your Older Loved Ones” here.

Let’s Exercise

Staying physically active is an important part of preventing falls. Below you will find tips on how to include more physical activity in your daily life safely and get you motivated to get moving! Here are a few trusted sites you can check out to get started:

You can access the following Falls Prevention resources at your convenience!

GET UP, get up! Tips on Sitting and Standing
Presented by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

This video demonstrates several step-by-step techniques for getting down and up from the floor.

Please consult your physician before practicing these techniques to make sure they are appropriate for you to try. Always follow the guidelines and instructions recommended by your physician and therapists.

Exercises with a Physical Therapist

Presented by UC Health

A discussion, plus demonstration of balance and strength exercises to help reduce the chance of falls.

Safe Mobility
Presented by UC Health

Learn techniques to make transfers safer, as well as strategies to use when standing, walking, or climbing up stairs or up on to curbs. Presentation will include a discussion of tools such as walking sticks that can provide aid in balance and walking.

Vision/Fall Prevention, Home Hazards
Presented by UC Health

This discussion will address how vision can influence the ability to get around safely and raise awareness about the types of fall hazards one can encounter when moving around in the community. Learn more about the most common hazards found in and around the home and strategies to prevent falls.

Tips to Prevent Falls
Presented by JoAnne Baumgartner, PT Good Samaritan Medical Center

Preventing falls can start with the shoes you wear. Learn how to make wise choices.

Using Assistive Devices to Stay Active
Presented by JoAnne Baumgartner, PT Good Samaritan Medical Center

Do I need a cane? Will walking sticks help me? What about a walker? This video examines a number of option, how they can help you maintain your balance and how to adjust them to fit you.

Tips for Going Up and Down Stairs Safely
Presented by JoAnne Baumgartner, PT Good Samaritan Medical Center

Stairs can present a challenge for people with pain and lower body limitations. Using the adage “up with the good and down with the bad” you can keep climbing safely and with less discomfort.

Hip Health
Presented by the YMCA

This class includes movements to strengthen and increase flexibility in the hips. Trainer will discuss the benefits of hip health for fall prevention among older adults as well as the benefits of these movements for people of all ages and abilities.

Body Dynamics – Foot to Core Balance and Strength
Presented by Wendy McClure

This video features an evidence-based selection of movements to reestablish foot connection to the core and beyond. The use of a textured Naboso standing mat is not required but increases the stimulation of the nerves of the foot for enhanced strength gains.

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