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Fall Prevention

For Adults Ages 65 and Better

In Spokane County, fall prevention efforts are accomplished through partnerships with dedicated stakeholders serving the aging community. The Fall Free Spokane coalition meets monthly to discuss opportunities and strategies to prevent falls among aging adults.

Using best-practice strategies, SRHD leads the coalition in preventing falls among adults aged 65 and better. Because there are many factors to falls, many agencies and disciplines must approach this issue with a unified approach to see results. The Fall Free Spokane coalition includes multiple types of organizations such as home health care agencies, pharmacies, retirement living, home modification services, fitness organizations, physical/occupational therapist clinics and university/colleges.

Fall Free Spokane Coalition Activities

  • Health Care Providers/Clinicians
    • Outreach to health care providers with the goal of increasing fall risk screening and referrals to evidence-based physical therapy and/or physical activity programs.  
    • Promoting use of  Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths and Injuries (STEADI)  toolkit prepared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Enhancing balance in physical activity programs for adults age 65 and better –
    • Research has shown that physical activity, with an emphasis on balance helps to prevent falls. Area senior exercise instructors are working to enhance this focus area in programming. This effort is accomplished through assessing opportunities for improvement, offering quality training and providing resources for dissemination.

Enhancing the balance components in Spokane County senior exercise programming is done through partnerships: Eastern Washington University Exercise Science program, Institute for Extended Learning ‘Act 2’ senior programs, Sit & Be Fit, Rockwood Retirement Communities and the YMCA. By using best practice strategies in senior exercise classes, participants will become more active and reduce their risks for a fall. This information is being shared community-wide for ease-of-access and determining the right class to meet seniors’ ability and needs.

For more information download this guide: How to Prevent Falls: A Guide for Older Adults and Medication Review Card (pdf)

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March 28, 2017