Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention Exercise Class

The Genesis Fall Prevention Program helps older adults improve their level of strength through exercise so they can better perform daily tasks while limiting the risk of falling. 

Functional fitness assessment tests are given to participants before and after the 16 sessions and have shown increases in agility, coordination, strength, and standing balance. Participants also will receive a free physical therapy screening. Cost of the eight-week program will be $100.

Classes will be at two different locations and times.

There will be a class from 11:00 a.m.- noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park campus on the second floor. Enter from the Lombard Street side.

The second option is 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Genesis Medical Park, Maplecrest in Bettendorf.

Register by calling Diane Dittmer Johnson or Jennifer Hovey at 563-421-1440.

Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an eight week long class that meets for two hours once a week.  The class acknowledges the risk of falling, but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear. The program's goal is to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults this is achieved primarily through discussion with minimal exercises. Our instructors are Matter of Balance Master Trainers.

Classes usually meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and snacks are provided. This class costs $20.00 for all eight weeks of classes.

Register by calling Diane Dittmer Johnson or Jennifer Hovey at 563-421-1440.

Fall Facts

  • Falls are more common than strokes and can be more serious.
  • Falls account for 87% of fractures in older adults.
  • One third of adults ages 65-74 fall at least once per year; one half of those 75 years and older fall once per year.
  • As a person's strength level decreases it becomes more difficult for that person to be independent with their activities of daily living i.e. bathing, shopping, housework.
  • Diminished strength is associated with a higher probability of becoming dependant on others to meet daily needs.
  • Falls are preventable!

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