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Falls Prevention Classes and Resources

  • Falls prevention classes are a great way to improve your health and connect with other people in your local community. Taking a falls prevention class will increase your strength, balance, and mobility and can not only improve your health, it can save you money. Falls are costly to older adults because of the serious injuries that can occur. Changing your day-to-day routine may be difficult, but it will ensure that you live a happier life and improve your health as you get older. Click here to find a course near you.


Balance and Falls Prevention Program

There are different organizations and businesses throughout Vermont that offer free balance screenings that can help you or someone you know receive information about steps that can be taken to reduce falls. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Aging Resource Center and Vermont Sports Medicine Center/Choice Physical Therapy both offer this service free of charge and can provide further information that includes referrals to programs that will ensure steps towards health aging.

Stay Steady Vermont - A Collaborative Effort

Stay Steady Vermont (SSV) is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the VT Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (VTAPTA). For 2 weeks surrounding National Fall Prevention Awareness Day (always the first day of autumn), volunteer PTs and PTAs team up with senior service organizations across the state to provide fun, interactive group education coupled with individual screening for fall risk. Since these efforts began in 2013, over 1300 older Vermonters have been screened and even more have been educated during SSV events. Look for updates here as the time for new events approaches. Email Maggie Holt PT, mholt122@gmail.com, if you are interested in volunteering at or hosting an event in the future.