Healthy Aging

MaineHealth provides high-quality, cost-effective healthy aging services to older adults in the communities we serve. We have been designated as an Age Friendly Health System by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and mobility in older adults is a major area of focus.

Fall Risk Screening and Prevention

One quarter of adults over 65 fall each year, yet only half of these falls are reported to a health care provider. Falling does not have to be an inevitable part of the aging process. Evidence-based fall risk education, screening tools and referral protocols are available and can help decrease falls in older adults by 24% according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).*

Provider Resources

The CDC’s STEADI initiative offers a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies’ clinical practice guideline for fall prevention:


The National Council on Aging (NCOA) also provides valuable resources.  


Patient Resources

Many fall prevention resources are also available in the community for older adults.

  • The MaineHealth "A Matter of Balance" program is 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. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. To refer a patient, please call 207-661-7120 or email: PFHA@mainehealth.org.
  • The practice of Tai Chi has also been shown to slow the loss of bone density and to improve balance and reduce risk of falls. View a list of available community classes.

 

Evidence Based Leadership Council (EBLC)

The EBLC Falls Management initiative helps older adults decrease fear of falling and associated restrictions in activity levels. Learn more about innovative programs proven to help people manage and improve their health and well being! Learn More

Balance in Action

See how the Matter of Balance program helps older adults overcome the fear of falling and increase activity. View Video
https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/

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