Falls Prevention Program

Every 15 seconds, an adult age 65 and older is treated in a New Hampshire hospital emergency room for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for New Hampshire older adults and a leading cause of 911 calls.

- (NH Injury Prevention Program, Div. of Public Health Services, 2014 and NH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 2014)

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Instructor Diana Newman of the YMCA in Nashua runs a demonstration class of Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance.

The Falls Prevention Program is a two year initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities began in September 2014 to increase access to evidence-based fall prevention programs for older adults and adults with disabilities to reduce falls risk and falls in 3 locations in New Hampshire:

  • Coos County
  • Carroll County
  • City of Nashua

The intent is to support implementation of 2 evidence-based programs through a network of partnerships:

Partners in this work are community based organization located in the geographic areas intent on establishing falls prevention programs to serve their communities.  Foundation for Healthy Communities is also working closely with the NH Falls Risk Reduction Task Force to implement this work.

This project is supported, in part by grant number 90FP0013-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.