National Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2023

September 18-22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week, an initiative that unites communities to tackle the challenge of preventing falls. It is a time for health care providers, caregivers, and communities around the country to learn about fall risk factors and create strategies to help people of all ages be stable and avoid falls.

See below for two educational virtual events happening during Falls Prevention Awareness Week, as well as information about falls prevention classes offered through Juniper. We hope you'll join us in the movement to prevent falls and live life to the fullest!

Falls Prevention Webinars 2023

Kick-off to Falls Prevention Awareness Week

Monday, September 18
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for the virtual Kick-off to Falls Prevention Awareness Week on Monday, September 18! This exciting event aims to raise awareness about falls prevention and promote healthy aging. Whether you're a senior, caregiver, or simply interested in learning more, this online event is for you.

Protecting Yourself from a Fall: What You Don’t Hear Could Harm You

Wednesday, September 20
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Unfortunately, hearing loss is often associated with dementia– which may lead to an increased risk of falling. In conjunction with Falls Prevention Awareness Week, join us for this no-cost program discussing the link between diminished hearing and cognitive decline. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Starkey and Juniper, you’ll learn about how to reduce and prevent falls and the local resources available to you.

Prevent FallsJoin our Prevent Falls classes

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A Matter of Balance

Learn practical strategies for reducing your fear of falling, changing your environment to reduce risks and increasing your activity level to prevent falls in this group discussion class.

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Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

This ongoing exercise class helps you increase strength, balance and fitness and incorporate active movement into your everyday life.

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Stepping On

Increase your self-confidence and self-control to reduce your risk of falling in this class with information, discussion and group support.

Tai Ji Quan class

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for better balance

Improve your balance, strengthen your muscles and reduce your risk of falling using tai ji quan (also known as tai chi) movements in a class that will help you stay mobile and independent.

Tips to Prevent Falls

Move your body

  • Bodies change as we age and may experience balance problems and loss of muscle
  • Moving your body can help prevent a fall
  • 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended
  • Break it into 10 to 15-minute blocks; it’s the daily total that matters
  • Try an evidence-based program for fall prevention

Other Fall Prevention Tactics

  • Get your vision checked every year
  • Changes happen gradually, catch them before they become a problem
  • Check with your pharmacist for medication side-effects
  • Taking 4+ medications increases the chance of side effects
  • Take care of your feet
  • 1 in 3 older adults experience foot pain
  • Some conditions can cause foot numbness

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