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  Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2020 Workshop Recordings

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, 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. 

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  • 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.

    • 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.

     

  • Active Workshops

    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.

     

  • Caregiver Workshops

    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.

     

  • 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.