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Welcome to the SAFE- Central Valley Coalition

SAFE logo from Jonathan MathisYour One Stop Resource . . ."To reduce falls among older adults by raising awareness, establishing a network of services and advocating on their behalf."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just the Facts

  • Every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in the ER for an fall, in the US
  • Every 29 minutes an older adult dies from a fall injury, in the US
  • 1 in 3 persons > 65 years of age will fall (1 in 2 persons > 80 years of age)
  • 2/3 of those who experience a fall will fall again within 6 months
  • Falls account for 90% of hip fractures; 40% of people hospitalized from hip fractures do not return home and are unable to live independently
  • Although the 60+ age group represents 10% of the population, they account for over 40% of the hospitalizations due to injuries
  • 75% of those hospitalizations due to unintentional injuries are due to falls

Good News... Falls are predictable and preventable and not simply a determined cause of aging, specific risk factors have been researched

Why do older people fall?

  • Intrinsic Risks (natural – within): cause 55% of falls
  • Extrinsic Risks (environment): cause 40% of falls
  • Risk Factors and Causes of falls are multi-factorial: environmental hazards, changes in medications, social setting, external demands (busy environment), balance and gait impairments, muscle weakness, slowed central processing, peripheral sensory loss, cognitive impairment

It is important to know your risk factors!!

  • Some are modifiable – know what you can do to decrease your risk
  • Some are non-modifiable – know how to stay SAFE

What We Offer

  • Educational Materials, Presentations, and Trainings
  • Balance Screenings- First Step to Determine Your Risk Factors For Falls
  • Home Safety Information
  • Senior Exercise Classes
  • Referrals to Services
  • And Much More Here!!

Coalition Membership

  • $100 per organization (4 members)
    • Logo and link on SAFE website, Speakers Bureau Presentations, Mini-Balance Screening Training
  • $50 per individual
  • FREE for older adults over 65 and students

Background

  • Formed in June 2011 by California State University, Fresno Department of Physical Therapy
  • Gait, Balance and Mobility Research, Education, and Training Center
  • Funded from a grant provided by the California Wellness Foundation
  • Previously known as the Fresno Regional Fall Prevention Coalition

Mission Statement

  • To reduce falls among older adults by raising awareness, establishing a network of services and advocating on their behalf.

Area Served

  •  Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare, Merced, Mariposa Counties

Target Audience

  • 55+ Community Dwelling Seniors and Public
    • Older adults, families, caregivers, general public 
  • Medical Professionals
    • Primary care providers, nurses, ER staff, EMTs, discharge planners