Did You Know...
1 in every 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year.
Falls can be prevented, especially if you know where to look.
This Fall Prevention Resource Guide, created by the Saving Claire Project with support from the Jacksonville Non-Profit Hospital Partnership, outlines the steps you can take right now to prevent falls and keep you and your loved ones safe. Learn more about the common factors that can lead to a fall and the resources to help prevent them.
Starting the Conversation
The National Council on Aging leads the National Falls Prevention Resource Center, which supports awareness and educational efforts about falls and promotes evidence based falls prevention programs.
SCAN Healthplan's checklist for How to Talk to Your Doctor About Falls provides tips for talking to your doctor about falls and the right questions to ask during your appointment.
Making Your Home Safe
AARP HomeFit Guide This guide was created to help people live safely and comfortably by enabling where they live to be a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and others in their household, no matter a person’s age or life stage.
Local Resources in Northeast Florida
Evidence-Based Exercise and Balance Programs
The evidence-based programs listed are offered at no charge and are sponsored by Northeast Florida AHEC, ElderSource and
the Department of Elder Affairs.
Contact Sherri Cheshire, Senior Program Manager
to schedule or register for a class:
Phone: (877) 784-8486 Toll Free or (904) 482-0189 ext. 111
A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based interactive fall prevention and exercise program that helps to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a physical activity program that reduces fall risk factors by increasing strength and improving balance. Each session includes warm-up, aerobics, balance activities, strengthening and stretching exercises done seated or standing, and educational components.
Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program from the Arthritis Foundation designed by experts to create a safe, easy to learn, and effective form of Tai Chi for people with Arthritis. The program incorporates exercises that improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness.
The skilled inter-professionals in the Brooks Rehabilitation system of care are here to determine the unique factors about you that put you at risk for falls and with your input, develop inter-professional strategies to reduce your chances of sustaining falls & fall related injuries.
For more information, call 904-345-7600
or contact Sarah.Ortiz@brooksrehab.org and Ola.Iyewarun@brooksrehab.org
Fall & Injury Reduction through Strengthening & Teamwork (FIRST): The mission of FIRST is to promote the health and wellbeing of persons at risk for falls and injuries, by proactively managing the fall & injury risk factors thereby reducing the likelihood of falls & fall related injuries in the Brooks system of care and in our local community.
Stepping On Fall Prevention Program is a 7 week (one 2-hour session per week) evidence-based program proven to reduce falls by 31%.
Many agencies offer home assessments, assistance with home modifications, exercise and mental health programs and more! Call any of these agencies to learn about what they offer.
Don't know where to start? The ElderSource Senior HelpLine is the place to start for help. A trained staff member can connect you with the local service or resource that fits your needs.
Visit www.myeldersource.org or call the Senior HelpLine1-888-242-4464 (toll-free)
Aging True offers unique and comprehensive services to seniors and caregivers in Clay and Duval counties.
Visit www.agingtrue.org or call 904-807-1203 to learn more.
Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health
A team of senior-care professionals is led by a board-certified geriatrician, and includes nurses, pharmacists, rehab therapists and mental health experts with expertise in geriatric care. Make AgeWell your primary care provider, or ask your doctor to refer you to any one of their specialized programs.
Visit https://www.baptistjax.com/services/geriatric-care or call 904-202-4243
to learn about services and find your closest location.
Prism Health Services
Visit Prism Health Services to learn more about how to receive an in-home assessment and what modifications you can make to keep your home safe.
Visit https://prismhealthservices.net or call 904-880-9900
St. Johns County Council on Aging
SJCCOA offers resources for caregivers, strategies for dealing with health challenges, information on wellness, support services and more.
Call 904-209-3700 or visit www.coasj.org to learn more.
Nassau County Council on Aging
NCCOA offers comprehensive and compassionate careand services that not only foster independence, but also helps clients remain active and valued members of the community.
Call 904-261-0701 or visit www.nassaucountycouncilonaging.org to learn more.