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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.

Community members celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the North River Civic Center in Hixson.

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

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. Find a Master Trainer site near you, click here. Download the Summary of Programs and Partners.

The Fall Prevention Chattanooga Partnership seeks to reduce falls among older adults through collaborative initiatives. Members represent professionals in health care, social services, wellness, community planning, senior living, first responders, faith-based organizations, academia and other sectors that serve older adults in Hamilton County, Tennessee.  View the Timeline of events, programs and trainings. Subscribe to the mailing list to receive monthly updates.

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.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is not responsible for content included on listed sites, nor does the agency endorse these organizations or establishments. Sites are merely listed for information purposes. Please note that these lists are not complete and are provided to give the user a starting point in locating resources in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County area.