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Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. They threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal cost.

Consider the following facts about falls:

  • Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • One in four Americans, aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. That’s why Ethos has partnered with the Boston Public Health Commission and several Community Health Centers to offer you a number of evidence-based falls prevention programs, at no cost, that can help you reduce the risk of falling.

Through its partnership, Ethos can offer two different falls prevention programs:  A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls and; Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, all at no cost to seniors

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an 8-week program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is also an 8-week program, and focuses on preventing falls and improving balance through the regular practice of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art dating back to the 17th century, which has been tailored for older adults.

For a schedule of upcoming classes, to register or get more information, please click here!