When an older adult (65 years and better) falls, it can be a major and traumatic health event, often leading to death within a year. There are many Fall Prevention Programs for older adults living in the community (as opposed to an assisted living or nursing home setting).
The National Council on Aging offers information about various programs as well as handouts, videos and tips about fall prevention at their website .
Senior Centers often offer such courses at a minimal fee. I found a “Matter of Balance” program (8 classes) in St. Louis for only $3.25 for the entire program.
Interestingly, a major risk for falling among older adults is the very fear of falling. This fear translates into physical changes in one’s patterns of moving about. Classes that enhance balance, strength and more physical exercise provide a physical and psychological base confidence, reducing fear of falling.
Michele Obama has popularized the phrase “Let’s keep moving”. It’s good advice throughout the entire lifespan!