A Matter of Balance
Managing Concerns About Falls
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized class designed to help you manage falls and increase activity levels. Classes are held once a week for 8 weeks at convenient community locations. Join us at one of our upcoming classes in your area. Please see Matter of Balance class schedule.
Fall Prevention Awareness Day 2014
Get ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23. There are many tools and activities to promote falls prevention and discover new resources that you can use to spread the word. Learn more
New Research from National Council On Aging ( NCOA):
Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries 2012 (STEADI Tool Kit) is based on the AGS clinical guidelines and incorporates input from health care providers. In the STEADI Tool Kit you will find; provider resources and training materials such as a wall chart pocket guide with algorithm and prevention strategies, case studies booklet fact sheets, gait and balance assessments, fall prevention patient referral forms, and patient education materials. www.cdc.gov//injury/STEADI
- Evidence-based Falls Prevention in Critical Access Hospitals - Policy Brief#24 - December 2011
- Fall Risk Assessment ( Hendrich II Fall Risk Model) for professionals is available at www.consultgerirn.org/
- Fall Risk Assessment from www.hwrtfordign.org
- Home Safety Evaluations by an occupational therapist of a physical therapist may be available through Medicare Part A or B. Contact SMAA at 1-800-427-7411 for more information and a list of providers.
- Matter of Balance is an evidence –based program for people who are concerned about falling. It teaches problem solving strategies, exercise, and safety to both reduce the risk of falls and help individuals continue to participate in those activities that are important to them. Classes are offered at locations in the community through SMAA 1-800-427-7411 www.smaa.org/. Safety Checklist is available from the Family Caregiver Support Program at SMAA 1-800-427-7411 or healthyagingprograms.org/.
- Walking: Healthy Maine Walks lists indoor and outdoor walking trails at http://www.healthymainewalks.org/
- Fall Prevention Information is available on the Connecticut Fall Prevention Coalition website, www.fallprevention.org and on the Falls Prevention Center Excellence website, www.stopfalls.org.
- Primary Care-Relevant Interventions to Prevent Falling in Older Adults: A Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Task force. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:915-825
- Quality Indicators for Falls and Mobility Problems in Vulnerable Elders.JAGS,2007;55:S327-S334
- Quality Indicators for the Management and Prevention of Falls and Mobility Problems in Vulnerable Elders. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135 (8 Part 2):686-693
- Summary of the Updated American Geriatrics Society /British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons. JAGS.2011;59:148-157
- National Council on Aging (NCOA) - resource to help prepare or theNational Falls Prevention Awareness Day September 22, 2013.
- National Safety Council has put together a list of helpful links regarding fall prevention.
- National Institutes of Health is a good place to start if you are looking for on-line reliable health information on almost any health topic.
Falls Statewide & National Resources
- 2-1-1-Maine www.211maine.org or 1-877-463-6207 (toll free), health and human services information and referral service system to serve the entire State of Maine.
- A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls - www.mainehealth.org/pfha or call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771 (toll free)
- American Geriatrics Society - http://www.americangeriatrics.org
- For falls toolkit - www.gericareonline.net/tools/eng/falls/index.html
- For Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons (2010)
- Easy-Exercise and Screening for you - www.easyforyou.info
- Fall Prevention Center of Excellence - www.stopfalls.org
- Home Safety Council - www.homesafetycouncil.org
- National Institute on Aging Information Center - www.nia.nih.gov/healthinformation/publications
- National Institute on Health Senior Health - www.nihseniorhealth.gov
- National Resource Center for Safe Aging - www.safeaging.org/default.asp
- Primary Care-Relevant Interventions to Prevent Falling in Older Adults: A systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Clinical Guideline - www.annals.org