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Suffolk County Falls Prevention Program

Programs and Services

Our falls prevention programs are specifically designed for people who are:

  • At risk of falling
  • Have a fear of falling
  • Who have fallen one or more times

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Staying Independent for Life

Staying Independent for Life is a comprehensive two-hour falls and injury prevention seminar developed by Suffolk County Department of Health Services. This program, which targets senior citizens, covers risk factors and risk reduction strategies for falls. This workshop focuses on major issues concerning falls prevention.

Topics covered include:

  • Safe footwear
  • Importance of annual vision exams
  • Medication review
  • Home hazards (assessments and modification)
  • Strength and balance exercises

Staying Independent for Life gives participants guidance about voicing concerns with health providers, care givers and other members of their community.

This program is led by a health professional from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Click here to see a calendar of upcoming Staying Independent for Life programs in your community!

Send us an email for more information about the Staying Independent for Life Program.


Woman on beach doing tai chi.

Tai Chi: For Arthritis and Fall Prevention

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.

Classes are led by a trained/certified instructor; the class meets twice a week, 60 minutes for 8 weeks.

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. Participants will learn:

  • Balance Skills
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Coordinated Tai Chi movements

During each class core balance exercises are introduced and practiced. Exercises focus on stimulating musculoskeletal and sensory systems via self-initiated movements such as body weight shifting, unilateral weight-bearing, trunk rotation, ankle sways and coordinated eye-head-hand movements.

This program is led by a health professional from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Click here to see a calendar of upcoming Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance programs in your community!

Send us an email for more information about the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Program.

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About Us

Falls Naco Award

The process of aging doesn't have to be difficult, but by being part of the Suffolk County prevention programs, you can stand on your own, be responsible, and do what is best for you.

Division of Preventive Medicine

The Division of Preventive Medicine offers three education programs that address falls and falls prevention to help senior citizens live healthy and independent lives Staying Independent for Life is a 2 hour falls prevention workshop that covers risk factors and fall reduction strategies Stepping On is a 7 week program that helps senior citizens develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls in community setting Tai Chi for Arthritis is a falls prevention program that uses the principles of Tai Chi movement to help seniors improve their balance.


Seniors Learn How To Reduce Falls At
Suffolk County's Falls Prevention Program.

Injury Prevention Committee

Recognizing the public health need for falls prevention, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in 2009 began working with community partners from local agencies, hospitals, colleges and organizations to create an Injury Prevention Committee, the first of its kind in New York State.

  • AARP
  • Dominican Sisters Family Health Services
  • Eastern Long Island Hospital
  • Gentiva Home Health
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
  • North Shore LIJ-Health System
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center
  • Retired Senior and Volunteer Program
  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
  • St. Charles Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Stony Brook University Medical center
  • Suffolk County Department of Health Services
  • Suffolk County Office for Aging
  • YMCA of Long Island

Community Partners

  • YMCA of Long Island
  • St. Catherine of Siena Hospital
  • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Huntington Hospital
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center
  • St. Charles Hospital
  • Lindenhurst Eye Physicians & Surgeons, P.C

Schedules

Up-coming Falls Prevention Programs


Select from the list of Schedules or Flyers below:

Tai Chi


Staying Independent for Life


A Matter Of Balance

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901