Who should attend?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older, community dwelling and able to problem solve.

Are falls common?

  • Yes, every second of every day an older adult falls.
  • One-half to two-thirds of falls occur around the home.
  • Falls usually aren’t caused by just one issue. It’s a combination of factors.
  • A large portion of falls are preventable.

What happens in class?

  • Group discussion. Everything said in class is kept confidential.
  • Problem-solving/practical solutions shared.
  • Skill building.
  • Assertiveness training.
  • Light exercises and stretches are all performed with your own body weight. No external weights or bands are used in this class.
  • Videos.
  • Visit from a guest health care professional.

What do participants say about the program?

  • They have increased confidence in taking a walk, climbing stairs and carrying loads without falling.
  • More confident that they can increase strength, find ways to reduce falls and protect themselves if they do fall.
  • Increase the amount they exercise regularly.
  • Have fewer falls after taking the course.