Falls Programs

FREE Falls Prevention Programs


Stony Brook Trauma Center, in collaboration with community organizations, offers evidence-based fall prevention programs throughout Suffolk County. If you would like to schedule a program in your club house, library, senior center, or other community location, please email Kristi.Ladowski@StonyBrookMedicine.edu

Our Programs


Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention:

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is a falls prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help senior citizens improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities.

This evidence- based program is proven to reduce falls and improve fitness and is designed for older adults who are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength. More detailed program information can be found here.

Classes are led by a trained/certified instructor; twice a week for 60 minutes for 8 weeks. 

There are 3 Levels of the program offered, each level is an 8-week workshop.  

  • Level 1: Movements 1-6 (For Beginners)
  • Level 2: Movements 7-12
  • Level 3: Movements 13-21

Participants will learn:

  • Balance Skills
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Coordinated Tai Chi movements

Schedule- We've Gone Virtual!

*For public health safety, all Tai Chi workshops will be offered through Zoom until further notice. Programs are free, but you must register in advance.

New to Zoom or want to get more out of it? Stony Brook University students are available (virtually) to explore the features of Zoom to help you get the most out of your tai chi practice.  You can also arrange a Zoom practice session to check your setup before the first day of class.  Email Kristi.Ladowski@StonyBrookMedicine.edu to get connected to student support.  All support is free, no cost.

SUMMER-2 REGISTRATION is CLOSED

The Next Round of Fall Workshops Will Begin the week of September 27, 2021 (Eastern Time Zone).

To be added to the contact list for future workshops, please Click Here.

Click Here for the Tai Chi Flyer

Level One 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am CLOSED

Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:00pm CLOSED

To join a waitlist for these workshops and/or a contact list for future Level 1 workshops, please Click Here.  Please note, you must complete Level 1 before registering for another level.  

Level Three: Take first half (3-1) before second half (3-2)

Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30am (3-1) CLOSED

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00pm (3-1) CLOSED

*You must complete Level 2 before registering for Level 3-1

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am (3-2) CLOSED

*You must complete Level 3-1 before registering for Level 3-2

Level Two

Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30am CLOSED

Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00pm CLOSED

*You must complete Level 1 before registering for Level 2

Full Form Practice

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at 3:00pm

Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9:00am

Contact Kristi.Ladowski@StonyBrookMedicine.edu to register

*You must complete Level 3-2 before registering for Full Form

 

 

A Matter of Balance:

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It includes 8 two-hour sessions for a small group of 8-12 participants led by a trained facilitator. More detailed program information can be found here

Participants will learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

Schedule

Workshops are currently being scheduled.  To be contacted when the next virtual program is available, please REGISTER HERE

*For public health safety, all workshops will be offered through Zoom until further notice. Programs are free, but you must register in advance.

 

Stepping On: 

Stepping On brings together the life experience of its participants and the expertise of community professionals. From the first session, participants put new skills to use.  Group members set short term goals each week - goals that focus on life activities that are most important to them. Physical therapists, pharmacists and other experts help the group adapt fall prevention practices for individual needs and levels.  It includes 7 two-hour sessions for a small group of 10-14 participants led by a trained facilitator. More detailed program information can be found here


Participants will:

  • Practice exercises to increase strength and balance
  • Discuss topics that include home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, community mobility, coping after a fall, and understanding how to initiate a medication review
  • Speak with guest experts about how to reduce fall risks

Schedule:
Workshops are currently being scheduled.  To be contacted when the next virtual program is available, please REGISTER HERE

*For public health safety, all workshops will be offered through Zoom until further notice. Programs are free, but you must register in advance.