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Fall Prevention Awareness Week
The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling. It is not a normal part of aging. The good news? Most falls are preventable! There are simple steps you can take today to lower your risk of falling, and it begins with awareness.
In observance of Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2020 and 2021, Aging & Independence Services, the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force, and Scripps Health hosted a variety of free, informative virtual workshops in September. Workshops covered a range of topics and were viewed by older adults, caregivers, service providers, and healthcare professionals. Explore the recorded workshops below.
2020 Recorded Workshops
Standing Strong Fall Prevention Kickoff Webinar
To kickoff Fall Prevention Awareness Week, Scripps Health hosted its first ever virtual Standing Strong webinar. Learn about fall prevention from a diverse panel of experts in San Diego County.
Home Safety Workshops
While falls can occur anywhere, they most often occur at home. These workshops provide helpful tips and recommendations for making your home safer.
- Understanding and Preventing Falls from the Perspective of First Responders - Four first responders from local fire departments and emergency medical response share their perspective on falls, how to prevent them, and what to expect when you call 9-1-1 after a fall.
- Fall Prevention Technology: It’s More than Just a Button - Technology is changing our lives, even to help prevent falls. Personal emergency response systems, voice-activated systems, wearables, and more are discussed.
- Straight Talk with the Home Safety Sisters - Two Certified Aging in Place Specialists share concerns and solutions for high-risk areas of the home, including bathrooms and stairs.
- Kitchen Safety in a COVID-19 World - Learn about the hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen and practical advice to make every kitchen safer from the perspective of a professional organizer.
- Proper Dog Walking Tips: Make Your Next Stroll Falls Free - Learn helpful tips to prepare for unexpected situations while walking your dog. Master the "Ready Position" to help guard against being thrown off balance and tips to avoid unexpected situations.
- Fire and Fall Prevention Brochure
- Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
- HomeFit Guide
Exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance can reduce your risk of falling. These workshops encourage movement and are led by trained fitness professionals.
- Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance - Discover the history and evidence-based benefits of Tai Chi. Participants are guided in Chair Tai Chi with an emphasis on activities of daily living.
- Keeping Your Daily Balance - Exercises for balance should be performed each day to keep the neuromuscular system sharp and ready for fall prevention. This class demonstrates fun ways to add balance to your daily routine.
- Preventing Falls and Fractures: Tips to Maintain Physical Function - Learn about the importance of physical activity in preventing falls and practice movements and exercises that promote postural control, spine stability, lower body strength, and upper body/back strength.
- Gait, Movement, and Coordination - Fall prevention and effective gait are especially important for people with balance challenges. This class breaks down the individual components that contribute to proper gait, then integrates them into practical movement patterns that improve balance, speed, and fluidity.
- Balance for Parkinson’s - Loss of balance is a common complaint from those with Parkinson’s disease. The good news is that balance can be improved with exercise. This class has been designed to target all aspects of balance including strength, flexibility, coordination, and functional movements.
- Better Bones for Better Balance - A good strength program can make life's challenges a little easier. This class uses resistance training and functional movement that mimics the activities of daily life to improve balance and maintain independence. Stay strong, building healthy bones and proper body alignment.
- Mind. Body. Balance. - Sit back, relax, and take a moment to reconnect the mind and body thereby enhancing awareness and inner balance. This class will explore various simple yoga techniques to improve overall function and fall prevention.
As a caregiver, you can be a partner and participant in fall prevention. These workshops are a tool of empowerment for those caring for a loved one with decreased mobility or cognitive impairment.
- Fall Prevention Conversation Tips for Caregivers - Learn how to support an elderly loved one who may be more at risk of a fall. Explore successful communication strategies to make the home safer for you and the care receiver.
- Why Does Dementia Increase Fall Risk? - People living with dementia are not only at a heightened risk of falling but are more likely to be institutionalized after a fall. Join us to learn about the brain changes and other factors that contribute to fall risk, and simple changes to one's environment and daily routines that can help.
Provider Led Workshops
Healthcare providers—including physicians, pharmacists, and physical and occupational therapists—play an important role in preventing falls. These workshops are led by healthcare providers and explore health-related topics such as medication management and vision.
- Fall Prevention 101 - Learn the basics of fall prevention, including four steps you can take today to prevent falls.
- Dizziness, Incontinence, and Foot Neuropathy - Learn how dizziness, incontinence, and foot neuropathy contribute to falls in older adults as well as strategies to manage these conditions.
- The Role of Vision in Falls - There are multiple age-related vision issues that can increase the likelihood of falls, including a loss of visual acuity, ability to see objects of low contrast, impaired visual fields, and double vision. Learn about potential solutions to compensating for vision loss and the role of the occupational therapist in helping you prevent a fall.
- Medication Management in Older Adults - Learn the basics of proper medication management for older adults, including general advice for safe medication use, as well as steps for creating and maintaining a medication list.
- Fall Prevention Screening and Getting Up Safely After a Fall - There are many physical and environmental factors that place an individual at risk for a fall. Hear about some key points to consider during a fall and how to get up safely should you fall.
2021 Recorded Workshops
Provider Led Workshops
Healthcare providers—including physicians and audiologists—play an important role in preventing falls. These workshops are led by healthcare providers and explore health-related topics such as nutrition and hearing loss.
- Fall Prevention: Reducing Your Risk and Fears - Learn from an internal medicine doctor about simple steps you can take to reduce your risk and alleviate your fear of falling.
- Hearing Loss and Fall Risk - Learn from an audiologist about how hearing loss affects balance and what you can do to reduce your risk of falls.
Fall Prevention Program Sample Classes
Evidence-based programs are proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling. This means benefits for individual’s health and a return on investment in preventing illness and injury. These workshops allow you to sample local fall prevention programs and provide information on how to get involved
- Feeling Fit Club Sample Class - In this sample class, you will learn about Feeling Fit Club, a functional fitness program designed for older adults of all abilities. Classes include 4 core components: strength (upper body, lower body, and core), balance, aerobic endurance, and flexibility.
- Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance - In this sample class, you will learn about Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based fall prevention program that has been shown to improve coordination; increase the range of motion around ankle joints; and build strength in lower extremities as well as enhance mental health, improve sleep quality, reduce falls, and reduce blood pressure.
- A Matter of Balance - In this sample class, you will learn about A Matter of Balance, an evidence-based fall prevention program specifically designed to reduce fear of falling and improve activity levels among older adults.
Exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance can reduce your risk of falling. These workshops encourage movement and are led by trained fitness professionals
- Head to Toe Workout - You will move every muscle during this fun exercise class as we mindfully challenge our coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility. As an optional challenge, have a pair of hand weights or soup cans available!
- Gentle Chair Yoga - Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done in a seated position. This form of exercise can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Make sure you have a chair available for this class – preferably one without arms or wheels!