Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The next Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club meeting is June 23, 2015 from 11 am to Noon. 
Please join us for a review of an article about the value of Tai Chi:Moving for Better Balance. A copy of the article and details on how to join the Journal Club are available on the Journal Club tab. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Updated fall prevention materials from the CDC

CDC has updated their Compenduim of Effective Fall Interventions and their Guide to Implementing Effective Community-based Fall Prevention Programs, both great resources for fall prevention!

Effective Falls Interventions

Effective Falls Interventions coverCDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions: What Works for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, 3rd Edition

This collection of effective fall interventions is designed to help public health practitioners, senior service providers, clinicians, and others who want to address older adult falls in their community.

Community-Based Fall Prevention Program Guide

Preventing Falls imagePreventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community-Based Fall Prevention Programs

This “how-to” guide is designed for community-based organizations who are interested in implementing their own evidence-based fall prevention programs.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Making Fall Prevention Part of Primary Care:Implementing CDC’s STEADI Toolkit in a NYS County Health System

Free, live webcast on May 21, 2015 at 9:00am ET

Register now!

Target Audience: Providers of public health services across NYS, health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and health educators

CME, CNE and CHES credits are available for participation in this program. 

Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
• Describe the burden of falls in older adults in New York State.
• List three resources in the CDC STEADI Toolkit.
• Identify three challenges of incorporating fall prevention into clinical care.
• Describe three tips for incorporating fall prevention into clinical care.

To receive continuing education credits for School of Public Health, University at Albany webcasts, you must:

1. View the broadcast live via webcast or On Demand.
2. Complete the on-line evaluation and post-test (Click through from
3. Achieve a grade of 80% correct on the post-test.

You will be able to print a certificate for CME, CNE, CHES or generic CEUs for your records.

Register at:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Falls Prevention and Transportation Webinar

The National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) is hosting a Falls Prevention and Transportation Webinar this Wednesday, May 6th, 1:00-2:30pm EDT. Please see the information below for details and registration.

Join NCST staff and a panel of experts (an occupational therapist, falls prevention expert, and local transportation providers) on May 6, 2015, for an interactive discussion on the importance of falls prevention awareness in transportation. Falling can be a very serious threat to older adults using public transportation. Unintentional falls are reported to be the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults age 65 and older, and each year 37,000 older adults sustain injuries that require medical attention due to getting into and out of a vehicle. This discussion will highlight both the risks of falling on public transportation vehicles and strategies for ensuring that older passengers can use public transportation independently, safely, and without fear. Register Now!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Frontiers in Public Health highlightings evidence-based fall prevention programs for older adults!

CDC authors contributed to this special edition of Frontiers in Public Health, which includes approximately 25 commentaries and 35 peer-reviewed full-length articles dedicated to evidence-based programs for older adults. This Research Topic Volume will be available as an e-book in May 2015 and can be accessed free of charge. This special issue includes information on STEADI and community-based interventions.

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that can be done to help prevent falls and keep older adults healthy, active and independent longer.

One such proven practice is CDC’s STEADI initiative, or Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries. STEADI is a tool kit that enables health care providers to identify patients at risk for falls, identify risk factors, and offer effective interventions. STEADI includes 3 steps that providers can complete in a single office visit with adults 65 and older:

1. ASK patients if they’ve fallen in the past year, feel unsteady, or worry about falling.
2. REVIEW medications and stop, switch, or reduce the dosage of drugs that increase fall risk.
3. RECOMMEND Vitamin D supplements of at least 800 IU/day with calcium.

Commentaries by CDC staff include:
  • An introduction to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) efforts to prevent older adult falls
  • CDC and YMCA: a promising partnership for delivering fall prevention programming
  • Articles where CDC staff members are contributing authors include:
  • Fall Prevention in Community Settings: Results from Implementing Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance in Three States
  •  Fall Prevention in Community Settings: Results from Implementing Stepping On in Three States
  • Healthcare Providers’ Perceptions and Self-Reported Fall Prevention Practices: Findings from a Large New York Health System

Monday, April 13, 2015


Anna Pergola & Peace Movement Qigong invite you to join over 70 countries throughout the world in celebrating World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. The event is free, and you are encouraged to bring family and friends to join in, whether they are seasoned Tai Chi players or brand new to Tai Chi and Qigong.

For those of you unfamiliar with this annual celebration, Tai Chi and Qigong students all over the world join together at 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday in April each year and practice their particular form of Tai Chi or Qigong. This powerful joint effort brings people together across cultural and geographic boundaries to create a wave of wellness and peace and promote the significant benefits of regular Qigong practice.

at the Susan M. Duncan YMCA 

6340 Eldridge Street – Arvada, CO
9:45 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.

This special event is FREE and is appropriate for students of all levels.
No advance registration is needed.
Contact for further information.

Live harp music will be performed to enhance our meditation in motion.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

             Upcoming instructor trainings for an evidence-based program
                                  in older adult falls prevention. 

Tai Chi:Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based older adult fall prevention program. Many parks and recreation departments, senior centers, wellness centers and others are implementing the class with great sucess!
Two FREE instructor trainings are scheduled for Summer 2015. 

June 13-14 Pueblo YMCA 
July 18-19 Gunnison Community and Aquatics Center

Flyer with details about the training classes.
Registration is now open for the classes.
Please contact Sallie Thoreson at 970-248-7161 or with any questions. 
Note: if you are a YMCA employee and want YMCA certification, you must register for the Moving for Better Balance instructor class at the Pueblo YMCA through