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A Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

A series of 17 strength and balance exercises delivered by a Physical Therapist in the home that reduces falls between 35 & 40% for frail older adults. This evidence-based program, developed in New Zealand, calls for PTs to assess, coach and progress patients over the course of six months to one year.

Stepping On

Stepping On is a high-level, evidence-based program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. Stepping On was developed in Australia, but Wisconsin developed a U.S. version with support from the CDC that has been tested in the United States and shown to achieve a 50% reduction in falls.

Otago Exercise Program

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Dr. Paul Lam has created a series of Tai Chi for Health programs and produced materials to make tai chi easy and enjoyable to learn. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Council for Ageing recommended Dr. Lam’s program.


Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that health care providers can do to reduce the chances of falling. STEADI’s (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) tools and educational materials will help you.

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

SAIL is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness is the single most important activity adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling.

Arizona Healthy Aging

The aging of our society is going to affect all aspects of society, especially healthcare, the economy and government programs. There are reasons to be optimistic about the aging of our population. Arizonans can live vital, healthy and productive lives in what has been called the third age of life.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Injury Center

The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (the Injury Center) is the nation’s leading authority on injury and violence. They study violence and injuries and research the best ways to prevent them, applying science and creating real-world solutions to keep people safe, healthy, and productive.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

A respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. The NCOA partners with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.

CDC Still Going Strong

Injuries from falls and car crashes are more common as we age. These injuries can have devastating effects. But these injuries can be prevented so you can stay healthy and independent longer.

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