A Matter of Balance- 8 week program

A Matter of Balance (PDF) is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults who are less active. It includes 8 two-hour weekly sessions for a small group of 8-12 participants led by a trained facilitator. During the class, participants learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Improve balance, flexibility & strength
  • Make changes at home to reduce fall risk
  • This class is suitable for older adults who:
    • Are concerned about falls
    • Have fallen or are at risk for falls
    • Want to increase activity and exercise
    • Can walk independently (may use cane)

*This class not suited for people with dementia

Workshop Registration

There is no cost to attend workshops, however, registration is required.  Class format is small group discussion; spaces are limited to 14 participants per workshop.  For more information about available workshop dates and times contact:  Cathy Morris 916-734-9784 or cemorris@ucdavis.edu

Stepping On- 7 week program

Stepping On is a program that teaches independently living older adults strategies to reduce the risks of falls. It includes 7 two-hour weekly sessions for small groups of 10-12 participants.

               During the class, participants learn:

  • Exercises to increase strength and balance.
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance.
  • How medications can contribute to falls.
  • Ways to stay safe when out and about in your community.
  • What to look for in safe footwear.
  • How to check your home for safety hazards.
  • This class is suitable for older adults who:
    • Are age 65 years or older
    • Live independently in the community
    • Walk comfortably without assistance
    • Are able to participate in strength and balance exercises

*This class not suited for people with dementia

Facts about falling

Each year, millions of older adults aged 65 and older fall. While falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older Americans, they are not an inevitable part of aging. Fortunately, many falls are preventable with regular exercise and preventative care. 

Fall Risk

Older couple

Although one out of three older adults has fallen, less than 50% of seniors talk with their health care provider about falling.  Knowing your fall risk is an important first step in preventing future falls.  Talk with your health care provider about an individual fall risk assessment.

Reducing Fall Risk and Injury

Depending on the individual, there is usually no single best strategy or "quick fix" to prevent falls.  The best way to reduce your chance of falling is to find the combination of strategies that address your individual fall risk.  Here are some of the most effective ways to reduce falls:

  • Exercise regularly, focusing on increasing leg strength and improving balance.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines, both prescription and over the counter.
  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year.
  • Make your home safer by reducing trip hazards, improving lights, adding grab bars, and stair railings.
  • More information on preventing falls (PDF) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Fall Prevention Classes at UC Davis

The UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program offers free fall prevention workshops using two different evidence based programs; Stepping On and A Matter Of Balance.  Both workshops are appropriate for older adults who:

  • Live independently at home.
  • Have fallen or are afraid of falling.
  • Are able to walk independently or with minimal assistance.
  • Have not been diagnosed with dementia