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 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 Workshops begin the week of May 3, 2021 (for 8 weeks)

To be added to the contact list for the next series, please Click Here.

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Level One 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00pm

Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30am

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

Level Three

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am (First Half)

Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00pm (First Half)

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30am (Second half)

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

Level Two

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00pm 

Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30am 

*You must complete Part 1 before registering for Part 2

Full Form Practice

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at 3:00pm

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



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


*All A Matter of Balance programs are temporarily suspended until further notice.  Zoom workshops will begin Spring 2021.