About Falls Prevention Program

Goal

To increase access to evidence-based fall prevention programs for older adults and adults with disabilities to reduce falls risk and falls in 3 locations in New Hampshire:

  • Coos County
  • Carroll County
  • City of Nashua

Strategy

Support implementation of 2 evidence-based programs through a network of partnerships:

  • A Matter of Balance - An 8 session community-based workshop designed to reduce thefear of falling and increase activity levels.
  • Tai Ji Quan - A researched-based balance training regimen designed for older adults and people with balance disorders.

Anticipated Results

  • 360 older adults and adults with disabilities will participate in the two evidence-based falls prevention programs located at 9 new locations;
  • Reduce falls risk and incidence of falls in the targeted locations;
  • Reduce hospitalizations and emergency department visits associated with serious injury related to falls;
  • Increase public and health provider awareness about falls;
  • Create a self-sustaining referral system for falls prevention programs.

Opportunities for Partners

  • Organizations located in geographic areas targeted by project are welcome to contact the Project Director to learn about opportunties for support in implementing A Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan.
    • Opportunities to have staff trained as master trainers or instructors in programs
    • Start-up toolkit, marketing, data collection and evaluation support through August 2016.
    • Aid in facilitation of community partnerships to supprot long-term sustainability.

This project is supported, in part by grant number 90FP0013-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.