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 FallsFree@StonyBrookMedicine.edu

Our Programs

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 10 weeks. 

Tai Chi is not just good for balance; take a look at the National Institute for Health's Summary of Tai Chi Health Benefits

There are 3 Levels of the program offered,                              each level is a 10-week workshop.  

  • Level 1: Movements 1-12 (For Beginners)
  • Level 2: Movements 13-21
  • Full Form Practice 

Participants will learn:

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

Schedule- We've Gone Virtual!

*Tai Chi workshops on Zoom are open to anyone. In-person programs will be announced as they scheduled. 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 FallsFree@StonyBrookMedicine.edu to get connected to student support.  All support is free, no cost.

REGISTRATION is OPEN For Workshops held October 9 - December 15, 2023

2024 Workshop Dates Coming Soon

Workshops are held twice a week for 10 weeks, all times are Eastern Time (ET)

To be added to the contact list for future workshops, please CLICK HERE to Join Tai Chi Contact List.

Click Here for the Tai Chi Flyer

Level One 

Mondays & Thursdays 3:00pm-4:00pm ET REGISTER HERE

Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30am-10:30am ET REGISTER HERE

Please note, *you must complete Level 1 before registering for another level.*

You can register for both Level 1 sessions to mix/match days and times to fit your schedule. 

Level Two

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00pm-4:00pm ET REGISTER HERE

Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30am-11:30am ET REGISTER HERE

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

Full Form Practice/Review

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 3:00pm-3:30pm

Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am

Contact FallsFree@StonyBrookMedicine.edu to register

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

Presented by; Suffolk County’s Office of Health Education
For more information on classes below, contact Linda Bohman 
(631) 853- 3187 or Linda.Bohman@Suffolkcountyny.gov 


Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center 
Thursdays 10:30–11:30am, July 6 – December 28, 2023
28 Wyandanch Ave., Wyandanch, NY 11798. For information: (631) 491-4889

Northwell’s South Shore University Hospital
Tuesdays AND Thursdays 4-5pm, July 11 - October 5, 2023
1933 Union Blvd., Bay Shore, New York 11706. For information: (516) 351-4571 
West Islip Senior Center
Tuesdays 10-11am, July 11 – December 19, 2023
Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795. For information: (631) 893-8932

Center Moriches Library 
Tuesdays AND Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm, Sept. 5- Nov. 30, 2023                                                                          (No classes on 9/12,9/19, 10/10, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2,11/7,11/9, 11/14,11/23)
235 Main St, Center Moriches, NY 11934. Register through the Library

Patchogue-Medford Library 
Mondays AND Wednesdays 3-4pm, Sept. 20 – Dec. 20, 2023
(No classes on 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 12/11)
54 E Main St # 60, Patchogue, NY 11772-3102. Register through the Library  

Sayville Library
Mondays AND Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm, September 27- December 20
88 Greene Avenue, Sayville, NY 11782-2745. Register through the Library

Central Islip Library
Tuesdays AND Thursdays 4-5pm, Nov. 2 – Dec. 21, 2023 (No classes 11/7, 11/23)
33 Hawthorne Avenue, Central Islip, NY 11722. Register through the Library






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


Workshops are currently being scheduled.  To be contacted when the next virtual program is available, please CLICK HERE to Join A Matter of Balance Contact List

Interested in being a Coach for the program? Click Here for more information. 

*Workshops on Zoom are open to anyone. In-person programs will be announced as they scheduled. 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

Workshops are currently being scheduled, please CLICK HERE to Join Stepping On Contact List

Participants should be able to join at least 5 of the 7 sessions. Participants must attend at least one of the September sessions.

*Workshops on Zoom are open to anyone. In-person programs will be announced as they scheduled. Programs are free, but you must register in advance.
Otago Exercise Program: 

Otago Exercise Program consists of 17 strength and balance exercises and a walking program, performed three times a week by the participant in the home, outpatient, or community setting. Exercises can be done individually or as part of a group workshop. The program is most effective for older adults who have fallen recently or feel unsteady when walking. A Physical Therapist (PT) or Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess and prescribe the initial exercises, and participants will be guided through the exercises either with their PT/OT or in a group class workshop over an 8-week period.

Participants will:

  • Learn specific exercises to improve balance and strength
  • Understand how to make the exercises more challenging over time
  • Be encouraged to practice the exercises 3 times per week on their own
  • Add a walking routine when able

Physical Therapy:
One-on-One Otago is available at certified outpatient physical therapy sites with a healthcare provider's referral/prescription. Ask about adding the Otago Exercise Program to your plan of care:

  • Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Physical Therapy: (631) 726-8520
  • Stony Brook University Hospital Physical Therapy: (631) 444-4240
  • St. Joseph Hospital (Bethpage) Physical Therapy: (516) 520-2280

Otago Group Workshops
Otago can also be offered as a group workshop, meeting once a week for 8-weeks. Workshops are currently being scheduled.   To be contacted when the next program is available, please CLICK HERE to Join Otago Exercise Program Contact List