Fall Prevention

Falls are the primary reason that Sonoma County residents 55 and older go to a hospital. To prevent falls, the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging has implemented "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls" to help prevent falls. This nationally acclaimed program teaches practical coping strategies to both reduce fear of falling and to diminish the risk of falling, including group discussions; mutual problem-solving and safety-promoting lifestyle strategies; exercises to improve strength, coordination, and balance, and home safety evaluation.

The eight-week "Matter of Balance" courses run in various locations in Sonoma County. Each course is limited to about a dozen participants. The course is donation-based. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information, call (707) 565-5936 or send email to aasysadmin@schsd.org inquiring about the "Matter of Balance" courses.

See below for more best-practice information and local resources about fall prevention.


"Don't Fall for It" (10 Minutes)
the short version provides a brief overview of the problem, common risk factors and simple steps anyone can take to lower their risk of falling.

"Don't Fall for It" (28 Minutes)
the long version describes the above information in more detail and highlights the personal stories of three elderly individuals.

Spanish version of "Don't Fall for It" (14 Minutes)
this version provides an overview of the problem, common risk factors and simple steps anyone can take to lower their risk of falling.

Other Resources

A Tool Kit to Prevent Senior Falls: Falls in Nursing Homes

A Tool Kit to Prevent Senior Falls: The Costs of Fall Injuries Among Older Adults

Check For Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults - pdf

Collection of Fall Prevention Checklists - pdf

Falls Prevention: Your Safety Checklist and Guide - pdf

How to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Morse Fall Scale - pdf

National Institute on Aging Resources

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Exercise and Physical Activity Guide - PDF

Facts, General Information and Research

Falls Among Older Adults: Summary of Research Findings

Falls and Fractures

Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Falls: General Information - pdf

Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons - pdf

Guidelines for Fall Prevention in Acute, Sub-acute and Residential Care Settings - pdf

Nursing Best Practice Guideline: Prevention of Fall and Injuries in the Older Adult - pdf

Preventing Falls and Related Fractures - pdf

Preventing Falls in the Elderly

Prevention of Falls

Tai Chi for Older People Reduces Falls, May Help Maintain Strength

Tai Chi May Combat Seniors' Fear of Falling

Why Do We Fall?

Although resources in this section have been selectively chosen, it is a work in progress and we recognize that not all available resources are included. Please contact us with comments, questions or suggestions for additional resources to help make this site as comprehensive and user-friendly as possible.



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