Senior Falls Prevention

There are more people age 65 and older in Washington hospitalized for injuries due to falls than the number of people, of all ages combined, hospitalized due to motor vehicle crashes.

Stay Active and Independent for Life:

SAIL Guide

Senior Falls Prevention Tool Kit

Senior Falls Coalition Leads:
Chelan and Douglas Counties:  Erin Cass
Wellness Place is the lead agency for the S.A.I.L. Program
Please visit their website for more information on classes:

If you are interested in becoming a SAIL Instructor, or would like a refresher course,  please review the following information:

SAIL 2014 Instructor Application
SAIL 2014 Program Leader Overview

Take Control of Your Health:
6 Steps to Prevent a Fall 

Older Adult Falls Update 2014-7-30

SAIL Report Grant Documentation:  April 2013

SAIL Report Grant Documentation:  January – March 2014

Wellness Place SAIL Testimonials:  February – March 2014

Wellness Place SAIL Grant Documentation:  June 2014

Wellness Place SAIL Grant Documentation: March,2015

Methow Valley:  Theresa Remsberg
Aero Methow Rescue Service is the lead Agency for the S.A.I.L. Program.
Please visit their website for more information on classes:

AMRS SAIL Grant Documentation:  Jan. - March 2014

AMRS SAIL Grant Documentation:  April – June  2014

*If you are interested in being involved in Senior Wellness and Healthy Living Programs, please contact the lead agencies for local community information on meetings and activities.*

Washington State Older Adult Fall Prevention Network Meeting
October 15th,  2015

Valley Medical Center, Valley Medical Arts Building
Agenda and Registration coming soon !!

Elder Futures Conference
Sept 17-18   Lynnwood Convention Center
One of the early concurrent sessions will focus on Innovations in Fall Prevention looking at Research/Clinical Perspectives (Elizabeth Phelan); EMS Interventions for Falls (Roy Walker) The Sail Program at a Senior Center (MaryAnne Grafton) and Medications and Falls (Zachary Marcum).

National Falls Prevention Conference 
September 21-23, 2015   Los Angeles, California

Living a Healthy Life Technical Assistance Conference  
Thursday, September 24      9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila (south of Seattle).
Register at

Take A Stand to Prevent Falls   
Annual Conference hosted by Falls Free Coalition, serving the Inland Northwest
October 15, 2015   8:30 a.m. – 4:40 pm.   (8 contact hours)

Washington State Senior Citizens’ Foundation 2015 Fall Conference 
October 28 2015   8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402
The focus of the conference will cover topics such as: Long Term Care, Fraud Abuse, Transportation, Guardianship, Medicare, Report on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, and the Budget. Up to 40 Exhibitors with resource information covering senior issues. The audience includes legislators, policy makers, civic Leaders, state, county and city employees, senior activists and providers of services for senior citizens.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is on September 23, 2015. The 2015 theme is Take a Stand to Prevent Falls and the official social media hashtag for this year’s event is #FPAD15.

NEW translations of the SAIL Pocket Guide: 
Can be found on the HERE website. These are your links:
HERE record:
Spanish PDF:
Vietnamese PDF:

NCOA – National Council on Aging Resources:
Annual FPAD Webinar
: NCOA hosted a FPAD webinar, “Ideas, Tools, and Resources to Maximize Your Impact on Falls Prevention Awareness Day and Beyond,” on August 13th from 2:00-3:30pm EDT. Participants learned about new resources and tools to use in falls prevention efforts and FPAD activities. To view the webinar recording and a PDF of the PowerPoint presentations, click “Webinar” at the following link:

Updated FPAD Media Toolkit: The Media Toolkit includes an updated media tip sheet, media alert, press release, and sample social media messages.

2015 Falls Free Video Contest: NCOA is hosting a video contest. We are looking for short, 90 second videos that focus on older adults and falls prevention. You are welcome to include activities from FPAD 2015, but that is not a requirement. The winners will receive Amazon gift cards ranging from $400-600. Deadline for submission is November 2nd. For additional details and instructions, visit

CDC launched the STEADI Older Adult Fall Prevention Online Training for Providers at the White House Conference on Aging on July 13. The one-hour training focuses on the STEADI guidelines, making fall prevention part of clinical practice, and how to screen patients 65+ for falls, identify risk factors, and offer interventions. The training can be accessed through CDC TRAIN: Continuing Education credits are available. – Attached

CDC is in the process of developing a second online training course, “STEADI Phase 1.” The 30 minute training will provide physicians with a quick overview of STEADI. CDC expects to launch STEADI Phase 1 within the next year.

CDC released the 3rd edition of the CDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions. This 3rd edition of the Compendium describes single interventions (15 exercise interventions, 4 home modification interventions, and 10 clinical interventions) and 12 multifaceted interventions (which address multiple risk factors).

CDC also released Preventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community-Based Fall Prevention Programs.

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. Resources:

AOTA and APTA are collaborating to promote FPAD and encourage their members to participate.

AOTA is developing a one-hour community presentation that OT/PT leaders can present in their communities, i.e. senior centers. The presentation will be accompanied by a toolkit with resources. The presentation and toolkit will be available on the AOTA website by the end of August 2015.

The APTA’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) has a very active Balance & Falls Special Interest Group working hard to plan for FPAD 2015. This year, they will again collaborate with the AOTA to promote interdisciplinary activities including DPT and OTD students. Collaborative letters have recently been sent out to PT and OT state chapter presidents as well as education program chairs.  They have also begun to plan with the American Podiatric Medical Association to increase interdisciplinary outreach. PTs will be offering education, fall risk screenings and media support of FPAD 2015 across the country. PTs and PTAs are strongly encouraged to complete Otago online training and offer their services as expert guests for Stepping On classes in their community.

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