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Fall Prevention Initiative
Committed to reducing falls among older adults

The Archstone Foundation has committed $8 million over a five-year period toward its Fall Prevention Initiative.  The goals of the Initiative are to (1) establish fall prevention as a key public health priority in California, (2) create, test and evaluate effective and sustainable fall prevention programs, and (3) build a comprehensive fall prevention system in the State of California

 

Strategies

1.      Reduce falls among older adults through multi-factorial interventions including medical assessment, gait and balance exercises and environment modifications;

2.      Raise awareness of the prevalence and social and economic costs of falls among older adults;

3.      Develop and test fall prevention strategies in a variety of settings;

4.      Work at the community, state, and national levels;

5.      Use a consensus building approach to developing a statewide plan to reduce falls;

6.      Identify key organizations  to serve as partners in developing the field;

7.      Develop and enhance Fall Prevention Coalitions in the State of California;

8.      Expand and enhance Fall Prevention Programs in the State of California;

9.      Demonstrate how senior centers with different levels of resources can organize, operate and sustain effective multi-factorial fall prevention programs; and

10.  Use collaborative strategies at all levels to reduce fragmentation, achieve synergies, and assure that the whole of the Initiative is greater than the sum of its parts.

 

Activities

California Blueprint Development

In 2003 the Archstone Foundation and a planning group representing multiple stakeholder groups held an invitational summit to develop and blueprint for reducing falls in California.  Over two days 140 representatives met to develop recommendations which helped to shape the Foundation’s Initiative.

To view the conference proceedings click here.

 

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

The Initiative began formally with funding to support the creation of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence (FPCE).  The FPCE was established as a coordinating body for fall prevention activities across the State.  To advance the Initiative, the Foundation collaborated with the FPCE through the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects and the InSTEP Model Projects. 

To learn more about the FPCE, please click
here.


California
Senior Fall Prevention Projects

The main purpose of the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects is to help communities build their capacity to address falls among the elderly and deliver integrated fall prevention services that allow seniors to continue to live vital, independent lives.  Technical support and project evaluation is being conducted by the FPCE.


Phase One included the development of fall prevention coalitions and the expansion of fall prevention programs.  Phase Two includes three components (1) coalition development for the establishment of new community fall prevention coalitions; (2) coalition enhancement, to provide better coordination among existing fall prevention coalition projects; and (3) program expansion enhancement, to refine existing program expansion projects. 

 

To view the press release for Phase One projects, please click here.

To view the press release for Phase Two projects, please click here.

 

InSTEP Model Projects

Increasing Stability Through Evaluation and Practice (InSTEP)

The InSTEP Model Projects are evidence-based, multi-factorial projects that incorporate physical activity, medical management and home assessment.  The FPCE is designing, implementing and evaluating these model projects which are being phased into six community-based sites in Southern California.  The goal is to demonstrate how senior centers with different levels of resources can organize and operate effective and sustainable multi-factorial fall prevention programs.  

 

National Effort

In 2003, the Foundation funded the National Council on the Aging’s, Center for Healthy Aging, to spearhead the national impact of the Foundation’s Fall Prevention Initiative.  This component of the Initiative is known as Falls Free:  Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan.  The goal is to bring greater visibility to the issue and to mobilize national, state and local resources in a coordinated effort to reduce falls and fall related injuries in older adults.  The Falls FreeTM Initiative is targeting work within California in addition to working with partners and other organizations to raise awareness nationally. 

 

For more information on the Falls FreeTM Initiative, please click here.

 

Desired Outcomes

·        Adoption of fall prevention as a key public health priority in California

·        Identification of effective, sustainable and replicable fall prevention model projects

·        Development of a comprehensive fall prevention system in the State of California

·        Reduction of the rate of falls among older adults 

·        Raised awareness of the prevalence and social and economic costs of falls among older adults

·        Improved quality of community fall prevention services for older adults

·        Dissemination of model projects, best practices and lessons learned

·        Older adults will have the resources and knowledge needed to remain healthy, safe, secure, and independent for as long as possible