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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.