IL Pathways to Health
 

 Falls Prevention Programs

 
 

A Matter of Balance

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A Matter of Balance is an award winning, evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. The program utilizes volunteer coaches to teach the eight two-hour sessions. 


Classes help participants learn to:

  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable

  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity

  • Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors

  • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance

Designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls

  • Have sustained a fall in the past

  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling

  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength

  • Are age 60 or older, ambulatory, and able to problem solve

Participants showed improvement in the following areas:

  • Falls Efficacy

  • Falls Management

  • Falls Control

  • Exercise Level

  • Monthly Falls

Participation satisfaction:

  • 97% are more comfortable talking about fear of falling

  • 97% feel more comfortable increasing activity

  • 99% plan to continue to exercise

  • 98% would recommend A Matter of Balance

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What topics will be covered in the workshops?

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

A Matter of Balance uses a variety of activities to address the fear of falling and teach fall prevention strategies. Activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill-building, assertiveness training, videotapes and exercise training.

Will this cost me anything?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Most often workshops are offered free of charge. Some organizations may ask for a donation, due to the funding source, but in those cases, it is still optional to donate.
  • For other organizations, dependent on the organization and its funding source, the materials are given to participants free of charge.

How long does the workshop last?

The Matter of Balance workshop consists of 8 two-hour sessions, which can be held twice a week for 4 weeks or once a week for 8 weeks. Each two-hour session includes a break for light refreshments. Early sessions focus on changing attitudes before attempting changes in actual behavior. The exercise component, which begins in the third session, takes about 30 minutes of the session to complete.

Is there an age requirement?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have fallen 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

Can my friend/significant other/family member come too?

Yes! Spouses, significant others, family members, and friends are welcome to join!

Is transportation provided?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Transportation may be available from senior center, social service agency, or public transportation provider.
  • Workshop participants eligible for the Community Care Program may request that their Care Coordinator help them arrange transportation.
 

 

Healthy Steps in Motion

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is an evidence-based fall prevention program for adults 50 years and older. It is designed for older adults who have concerns about falling and are interested in building strength, flexibility and balance. The program is an 8 session program. Each session has an educational and exercise component consisting of a warm-up, balance/strength exercises and cool down/stretching.

The program has three levels of exercise, which enables participants to continue using Healthy Steps in Motion for as long as they like. Participants learn about exercise basics and safety, setting goals, aerobic walking and more! Participants are assessed for fall risk and are given a participant’s guide and other resources.


Classes are designed to help participants:

  • Reduce the risk of falling

  • Learn new exercises

  • Learn the parts of an exercise routine

  • Build strength, especially in the lower body

  • Increase flexibility to improve movement

  • Improve balance

Desired objectives for the Health Steps in Motion program include:

  • Learn about the principals and benefits of exercise

  • Increase your knowledge about the aging process

  • Find out how physical activity can benefit you

  • Increase and improve your physical activity by learning how to properly conduct exercises

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What topics will be covered in the workshops?

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning:

  • Exercise basics and safety
  • How to set goals for increasing activity
  • How to exercise to increase strength, flexibilty and balance

Healthy Steps in Motion includes an educational and exercise component to address the fear of falling and teach fall prevention strategies. Activities include a warm up, strength and balance exercises, and cool down stretches.

Will this cost me anything?

Most often workshops are offered free of charge. Some organizations may ask for a donation, but it is still optional to donate.

How long does the workshop last?

The Healthy Steps in Motion workshop Healthy Steps in Motion is an 8-session program. It can be presented as 4-Week Program with a one-hour class twice a week, or an 8-Week Program with a one-hour class once a week.

Is there an age requirement?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Want to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 50 or older

Can my friend/significant other/family member come too?

Yes! Spouses, significant others, family members, and friends are welcome to join!

Is transportation provided?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Transportation may be available from senior center, social service agency, or public transportation provider.
  • Workshop participants eligible for the Community Care Program may request that their Care Coordinator help them arrange transportation.
 

 

Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention

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Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention is an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam at the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI). The program is designed to reduce the fear of falling, and improve relaxation and balance, in older adults who have concerns about falls. Tai Chi for Arthritis is led by a TCHI board certified instructor, with each session including the following:

  • Warm-up and cool down exercises

  • One or two movements per lesson, progressively leading to completing the six basic core movements ans six advanced extension movements

  • Breathing techniques

  • Tai Chi principles including those relating to improving physical and mental balance


Classes help participants learn to:

  • Improve balance, muscular strength, mobility and flexibilty

  • Improve psychological health

  • Decrease pain

  • Prevent falls

Designed to benefit older adults:

  • With or without arthritis, rheumatic diseases or related musculoskeletal

    conditions

  • With mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain

  • Without arthritis who have a higher risk of falling

  • Are age 60 or older

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What topics will be covered in the workshops?

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is an interactive exercise class comprised of slow, deliberate movements. Throughout the 16 sessions, you will learn 15 different positions/mmovements.

Will this cost me anything?

Each site has a different payment structure, go to the Find a Workshop Near Me page to find a local workshop and click the icon for more information on fee's and class registration.

How long does the workshop last?

Participants attend a minimum of 16 hours of Tai Chi lessons. Depending upon the length of the program, this can be accomplished by attending one hour per week for 16 weeks or two hours per week for 8 weeks.

Is there an age requirement?

The program is designed to benefit older adults:

  • With or without arthiritis, rheumatic disease or related musculoskeletal conditions
  • With mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain
  • Without arthritis who have a higher risk of falling
  • Are age 60 or older

Can my friend/significant other/family member come too?

Yes! Spouses, significant others, family members, and friends are welcome to join!

Is transportation provided?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Transportation may be available from senior center, social service agency, or public transportation provider.
  • Workshop participants eligible for the Community Care Program may request that their Care Coordinator help them arrange transportation.
 

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.