San Diego Fall Prevention Awareness Week - September 21-25th, 2020 

The most common cause of unintentional injury-related death among older adults in San Diego County is falls. Fortunately, many falls are preventable. Join Aging & Independence Services and the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force for a variety of free, informative virtual workshops for Fall Prevention Awareness Week. 

You must register in advance for each workshop you plan to attend. Please note that a valid e-mail address is required to register. You will receive a Zoom link for each workshop you register for via e-mail one week prior to the scheduled workshop. If you decide later that you want to attend a session that you did not register for, please e-mail Workshops will occur everyday during Fall Prevention Awareness Week, September 21-25 at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants per workshop.

All workshops will be recorded and uploaded to our website at a later date for others to view. If you do not wish to have your video appear in the recording, please disable your video upon joining the workshop. Even if you disable your video, you will still be able to participate in the workshop. By registering for the workshop, you acknowledge that you understand this information and consent to having your video shared should you choose not to disable your video.


Register for each workshop below by clicking on the blue (hyperlink) text.  

Click Here to Download the Fall Prevention Awareness Week Flyer.  


Saturday, September 19


Join us as we kickoff Fall Prevention Awareness Week with the first ever virtual Standing Strong Fall Prevention Webinar on Saturday, September 19th at 10 am.

To register for this event, call 1-800-SCRIPPS (727-4777) or click here.                                                      






Monday, September 21

Fall Prevention 101 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Kristen Smith, MPH, AIS
  • Ning Lu, MD, Scripps Health

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance *Active Class | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Cassandra Wang, BS, ATCQ1, CGFI, AIS

Keeping Your Daily Balance *Active Class | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Danica Edelbrock, MS, Exercise Physiologist, Scripps Health

Understanding and Preventing Falls from the Perspective of First Responders | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Ennis C. Jackson, Paramedic, AMR San Diego
  • Scott Robinson, Captain, National City Fire Department
  • Jon Blumeyer, Captain, Valley Center Fire Department                                                  

Tuesday, September 22   

Fall Prevention Technology: It’s More than Just a Button | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Fritzi Gros-Daillon, MS, CSA, CAPS, UDCP, Household Guardians

Preventing Falls and Fractures: Tips to Maintain Physical Function *Active Class | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Dr. Jeanne Nichols, PhD, FACSM, San Diego State University
  • Gretchen Vurbeff, MS, MA Exercise Physiologist, AIS

Gait, Movement and Coordination *Active Class | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Amy Callahan, CPT, LMT, Scripps Health

Fall Prevention Conversation Tips for Caregivers | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Martha Rañón, Executive Vice President, Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Wednesday, September 23

Straight Talk with the Home Safety Sisters | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Caryn Leventhal, CAPS, Seniors’ Choice
  • Kindra French, CAPS, SHSS, 101 Mobility of San Diego

Fall Prevention with Helpful Tips *In partnership with the Caregiver Coalition of San Diego | 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Dr. Kim Bell, DPT, Kim Bell Physical Therapy

Balance for Parkinson’s *Active Class | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Danica Edelbrock, MS, Exercise Physiologist, Scripps Health

Dizziness, Incontinence, and Foot Neuropathy | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Dr. Kim Bell, DPT, Kim Bell Physical Therapy    

Thursday, September 24  

The Role of Vision in Falls | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Dr. Beth Sullivan, OTD, OTR/L, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medication Management in Older Adults | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Laura Hart, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCGP, UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Better Bones for Better Balance *Active Class | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Amy Callahan, CPT, LMT, Scripps Health

Proper Dog Walking Tips: Make Your Next Stroll Falls Free | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.   

  • Melissa Wogahn, MA, CSCS, NBC-HWC, Joy of Active Living
  • Judi Bonilla, Director of Program Innovation, Advocates for Aging                               

Friday, September 25       

Why Does Dementia Increase Fall Risk? | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH, Director of Education, Alzheimer’s San Diego

Kitchen Safety in a COVID-19 World | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Pamela Croft, Professional Organizer, Kitchen Angel Service

Mind. Body. Balance. *Active Class | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Danica Edelbrock, MS, Exercise Physiologist, Scripps Health

Fall Prevention Screening and Getting Up Safely After a Fall | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Judy Verbanets, MS, PT, Neurologic Specialist, Sharp Rees-Stealy                              

Engaging in regular physical activity is an important step to maintain strength and reduce your risk of falling. Go to to register for any of the below classes from our fall prevention partner, San Diego Oasis: 

Soul Line Dancing

September 1, 8, 15, 22

10:30 a.m.

Ed Griffith Class #534 

Zumba Gold

September 14, 16

12 p.m.

Pam Toomes Class #532 

Progressive Strength

September 10, 17, 24

10 a.m.

Elinor Smith Class #539 


September 14, 21, 28

10 a.m.

Susan Hahn Class #530 

Tai Chi Chuan: Intermediate

September 14, 21, 28

1:30 p.m.

Pat Griffith Class #535 

Zumba Gold

September 21, 23, 28, 30

12 p.m.

Pam Toomes



Fall Prevention

Have you or a loved one slipped or fallen recently?

You are not alone, one in four older adults (65+) fall each year and as we get older we are more likely to fall. In 2016, over 20,000 older adults were treated and discharged from the Emergency Department and an additional 7,000 were admitted for inpatient care in San Diego alone.  

So, why are older adults more likely to fall? There are many different risk factors and most of these become more common in older people. Risk factors include:

  • Balance and mobility problems
  • Medical conditions and medications
  • Poor Vision
  • Environmental hazards.

The good news is that many falls are preventable, and you CAN reduce your risk of falling!


Steps to Prevent Falls: 

  • Stay active to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Walking, dancing, Tai Chi and exercise classes are all good ways to improve your health. Depending on your medical or surgical history, your doctor may refer you to a Physical Therapist who can help you start an exercise program. Talk with your doctor about the best approach for you.
  • Talk with your doctor about health issues, such as osteoporosis, your Vitamin D level, medications, difficulty with hearing or vision, or if you feel faint, off-balance or dizzy. If you have dizzy spells, your doctor may recommend you see a specialist for help. Your doctor or pharmacist can also look at your medications to check for side effects that can make you dizzy or affect your coordination. Don't forget to ask about over-the-counter medicines like allergy medications, sleep aids and pain killers.
  • Have your vision checked at least one time per year by a professional. Vision can change so slowly that we do not even notice it. 
  • Make your home safer, remove things you could trip or slip on, maintain good lighting and nightlights, and install strong grab bars and handrails. As we age, our eyes often need more light than we realize.

More information on local community resources and programs to prevent falls is available in our resource guide below. Ask your physician's office or other health provider to use this website to identify resources that are appropriate for you. Please scroll down and click on the links to see our resources for seniors and service providers.

If you are a provider please scroll down for provider resources and consider joining our Fall Prevention Task Force, meeting details listed below.


San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force:

The County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services, sponsors the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force. The Task Force includes older adults and service providers. Our mission is to reduce falls and their devastating consequences in San Diego County.

Meeting Details:

3rd Tuesday of the month | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Due to current restrictions on large gatherings, meetings are occurring virtually until further notice. To receive meeting notifications and details, please e-mail or call (858) 495-5500.