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Falls among older adults are a leading cause of emergency department and hospital admissions in Hamilton County, Tennessee and the main reason why older adults lose their independence.

The good news is, many falls can be prevented with:

Falls Prevention Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness that falls among older adults are preventable. Join us Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:30am at the North River Civic Center in Hixson, TN for the 4th annual event. Download the Event Poster.

The Fall Prevention Chattanooga Partnership meets every other month and seeks to reduce falls among older adults through collaborative initiatives. View the Timeline of events, programs and trainings. Subscribe to the mailing list and receive monthly updates.

A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based, fall prevention program developed by Boston University and MaineHealth. Programs are available across Southeast Tennessee, at no cost to the participant, thanks to many partnering agencies. Download the Summary of Programs and Partners. Like us on Facebook  to learn about upcoming programs in our area.

Physical Activity Resource Guide – Chattanooga offers many physical activity opportunities for older adults. Find Tai Chi, water aerobics, Silver Sneakers, and places to take a walk in this local guide.   Physical activity can help improve balance and prevent falls, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mood and overall well-being.

Resources – Download information about home safety, medication management, vision and hearing tests, safe footware, managing chronic conditions, and more. Resources are available for health care and social service providers as well, to help older adult patients and clients reduce falls.

Chattanooga’s Fall Prevention Summit – Professionals and students in health care, social services, community planning, EMS, senior living, academia, and other sectors came together to gain a better understanding of the programs and agencies that impact older adults in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, TN.