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 in helping 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.

Level One

Monday/Wednesday: 9:30am-10:30am

     -Begins July 13  REGISTER

Monday/Wednesday: 10:30am-11:30am 

     -Begins June 22nd REGISTER

     Sponsored by Longwood Library (Priority given to library card holders)

Tuesday/Thursday: 2:00pm-3:00pm 

     -Begins July 13th REGISTER

 

Level Three

Monday/Wednesday: 11:30am-12:30pm 

     -Begins June 22nd REGISTER

Level Two

Tuesday Thursday: 3:00pm-4:00pm 

     -Begins June 22nd REGISTER

Full Form Practice

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 3:00 - 3:30pm  

     -Ongoing REGISTER

 


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. 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

*All Matter of Balance programs are temporarily suspended until further notice.  Please check back for updates.