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An estimated one in three older adults, 65 years and older, fall each year. That number increases to an estimated one in two for those over 80. The good news is that there are ways to reduce falls and stay independent, including:
Exercise – Improve your gait (manner of walking), strength, and balance
Medication review– Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins and minerals in order to look at side effects, such as dizziness and drowsiness.
Home safety – About 50% of falls by older adults happen in the home. Go through your home thoroughly to remove hazards, such as clutter and things to trip on. Consider adding supports like grab bars in your bathroom, and use night lights and better lighting in your home.
Check your vision – Get annual eye exams
Stanford Health Care offers three fall prevention programs:
Farewell to Falls
This free, home-based fall prevention program sends an occupational therapist to the home to look at the multi-faceted risk factors associated with falls. The therapist assesses strength and balance, and a home safety evaluation with recommendations is completed.
Medications are reviewed by a Stanford Health Care pharmacist, home exercises are recommended, and information and education on other risk factors are provided. This program offers two visits, and follow-up phone calls are made monthly. After one year, the occupational therapist returns to the home for a third visit and re-evaluation.
65 years or older
Lives in Santa Clara or San Mateo County
Ambulatory (cane or walker ok)
Lives in own home or apartment
Interested in participating in a full multi-faceted visit
Self-referrals are welcome. To enroll in Farewell to Falls or for more information, call 650-724-9369.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program for older adults. 10 to 12 older adults meet for 8 two-hour sessions either once or twice weekly in senior centers and other community settings in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Through facilitated discussions, group activities and exercise, older adults learn strategies to help reduce fear of falling and fall risks. Program dates and sites vary.
To enroll in these programs, please call the program sites:
Sunnyvale Senior Center, Sunnyvale - 408-730-7360
Mountain View Senior Center, Mountain View - 650-903-6330
Community Services Agency, Mountain View - 650-968-0836
Little House, Menlo Park - 650-326-2025
Menlo Park Senior Center, Menlo Park - 650-330-2280
Twin Pines Senior Center, Belmont - Cheri Handley, 650-595-7445
An evidence-based program developed in Australia, Stepping On, has been shown to decrease falls by 31%. Older adults meet in a group setting for two hours once a week for seven weeks.
Sessions include facilitated discussions and guest speakers, including a physical therapist, pharmacist, and vision specialist. Exercises are taught and practiced each week. A home visit is offered at the end of the seven weeks, and participants come together for a "booster session" three months later.
To enroll in Stepping On, contact Avenidas in Palo Alto at 650-289-5400.
More on Fall Prevention
Experts on fall prevention may be available to present to groups of at least 12 older adults or professionals in Santa Clara or San Mateo County. For more information, call 650-724-9369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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