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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - By: Rosie Nguyen  Posted: Apr 24, 2018 05:12 PM MDT

Falls from senior citizens can make up to 60 percent of emergency calls in Salt Lake City. Since the Salt Lake City Fire Department launched a fall prevention initiative with other agencies, they've seen the number of emergency calls for falls go down.

Three years ago, the Salt Lake City Fire Department partnered with other fire departments, hospitals, insurance provides, state and county health departments to form the Utah Falls Prevention Coalition (UFPC). The coalition tracks and evaluates falls and risks to educate seniors about safety and fall prevention.

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Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations in Utahns age 65 and older.

Consequences from a fall can severely limit one’s ability to live independently. Older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again. Despite these statistics, falls do not need to be an inevitable part of aging.

Research has shown that many falls can be prevented. Three major strategies to reduce fall risks are keeping your home safe, managing your medication, and performing regular strength and balance exercises.

The section below provides ideas for individuals, family members, and caregivers to address major fall risks and safety tips for moving about outside the home.

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At times, almost everyone can use a personal cheerleader for encouragement, inspiration, and even celebration when they successfully meet their goal. Cheering on a friend or family member who wants to be more physically active can be a great way to show your support—and it’s easy to do.

Here are a few tips.

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Living Well with Chronic Pain - Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day-to-day management of their chronic pain condition.

Program Benefits

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for those dealing with chronic pain. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of their chronic pain condition. This program has also been proven effective with family and caregivers. This program also aims to help participants better communicate with their health care providers and make healthy day-to-day decisions.

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Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Program Benefits

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health, and increase your ability to do things. It’s easy and fun to learn. Tai Chi consists of slow continuous whole-body movements, strung together in a form. Like dance, the movements are learned and follow one after the other. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Living Well with a Disability is a ten week peer-facilitated health promotion workshop for people with disabilities.

Program Benefits

Participants in the program learn the life skills they need to set and achieve quality-of-life goals and the important role health plays in helping them reach their goals. Participants who have completed a workshop demonstrate:

  • Improved outlook
  • Positive changes in daily activities
  • Achieving a personal goal
  • Reduced limitation due to secondary health conditions
  • Reduced health care costs
  • Increased awareness of disability rights/advocacy

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Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program that reduces falls among participants.

Program Benefits

Falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle changes and community partnerships, we can substantially reduce fall risks, keeping older adults living independently with a good quality of life. Stepping On addresses known risk factors and promotes behavior change. Professional guest experts include a pharmacist, optometrist, physical therapist, and community safety officer.

  • 31% reduction in falls among participants
  • Decreased fear of falling
  • Increased performance of safe behaviors

Walk With Ease  Program is a community-based, group walking program specifically designed to help individuals start and maintain a safe walking routine.

Program Benefits

Trained instructors cover how to warm up and cool down, stretch, and set personal exercise goals. Each class also includes health education topics related to arthritis and exercise. Participants must be able to stand for at least five minutes. Participants completing the program report experiencing:

  • Improved functional ability
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased confidence in one’s ability to exercise

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a community-based recreational program specifically designed to teach adults with arthritis how to exercise safely.

Program Benefits

Trained instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion exercises, endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs and abilities. Participants completing the program report experiencing:

  • Improved functional ability
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased confidence in one's ability to exercise

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Enhance Fitness focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility — everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age.

Program Benefits

Led by a certified instructor, classes are held three times a week in community settings and are a great workout. Each class may include up to 25 participants and participants may either be amongst peers of their own level of fitness or a group of various fitness levels from the frail to the more fit older adult. Participants completing the program report experiencing:

  • Increased strength
  • Greater activity levels
  • Decreased depression
  • Improved social function

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