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The primary goal of the Fall Prevention Program (FPP) is to reduce and/or prevent the number of falls among at-risk low-income seniors.  The FPP uses a multi-pronged approach proven to be the most effective strategy to address the range of issues that leads to falls:

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  • BEHAVIORAL. We educate and raise awareness about: falls and fall prevention, sedentary lifestyle, medication management, and better eating habits.
  • PHYSICAL. We offer fall prevention skills-building training sessions that help to develop strength, improve mobility and balance and increase hand-eye coordination.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL. We make suggestions during class and workshops for simple changes to their home environment i.e. grab bars, smoke alarms, stair railings, and hand held showers.

We also provide:

  • Prevention education and skills-building training to raise awareness about risk factors that lead to unintentional falls.
  • Free assessments to evaluate your risk for falling.
  • Free classes that focus on strength, balance, mobility, and endurance.
  • Free Falls Prevention booklets that include tips for home safety.
  • Presentations to you and your loved ones or caregivers, community outreach to senior centers, senior residents, and senior health fairs.

Why?

  • Falls are a common occurrence among seniors with at least 30% over age 65 taking a fall and falls are the leading cause of injury death (CDC 2001).
  • In the year 2000, those 65+ represented slightly over 10% of the population of Alameda County yet accounted for 43% of the hospitalizations and deaths due to unintentional injuries (77% are falls).
  • A recent study of people aged 72 and older found that the average health care cost of a fall injury was $19, 440 (excluding physician services) (Rizzo 1998).

Please Note:

  1. There is no obligation to contribute.
  2. A contribution is purely voluntary.
  3. No eligible participants will be denied service because of a failure or inability to contribute.

What the program offers:

A multi-pronged approach proven to be the most effective strategy to address the range of issues that leads to falls.

Participants must:

  • Be 60 years or older.
  • Be at-risk for a fall. Fallen in past or have poor balance.
  • Be approved by personal doctor to participate in group exercise class.
  • Have transportation to get to a group exercise site.

How to Apply:

To obtain an application for the Fall Prevention Program:

Call:

Talk to a staff member at
510-209-0238

Email:

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