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Balance Screenings for Older AdultsTerrio Screening Picture

The screenings for Fall 2016 will take place on September 15th and October 20th and you must make an appointment.  You will be given multiple assessments to determine your strength, balance, and ultimately your risk for falling.  A licensed physical therapist and nurse practitioner will be present for all testing. Watch this video to learn more about the balance screenings and see footage from the September 16th, 2015 Balance Screening. 

Assessments take approximately 1 hour.  At the end of the screening, all participants will receive education materials and some type of SAFE Aging Intervention (described in detail below).  In 6 months, you will be screened again to determine if the intervention led to an increase in your strength and balance.

More information about the balance screenings on the Fresno State LiveWell Blog

Please download this flier to distribute to community groups regarding our balance screenings for older adults. 

  • $10 Donation Requested: Please Make Checks Payable to Fresno State Foundation, we also accept cash, Visa and MasterCard

How to Sign Up for a Balance Screening

If you are interested in signing up for a Balance Screening, please contact SAFE at (559) 278-7539.

Please download a Physician's Clearance Form from the link below and have a Doctor sign it and fax to (559) 278-3635.  You can also bring the signed form to the screening, but we need it in order to screen you. 

SAFE Aging Interventions

(You must attend a Balance Screening in order to participate in FallProof™ and Home Exercise Program)

Group FallProof™ Class.  This is a group structured class that meets 2x/week for a 1 hour class.  The program was designed by Dr. Debra Rose (Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton) who has over 20 years of experience working with older adults with balance-related impairments. 

Seniors on exercise balls

During the class, participants receive individualized balance training according to the documented impairments obtained from the assessments.  Equipment used will be similar to that of a traditional physical therapy clinic such as, but not limited to the following: foam rolls, rocker-boards, balance beams, Swiss balls, air-ex pads, and dyna-discs.  History of FallProof™ here

FallProof™ Home Exercise DVD Order Form (Download, print and send to order DVDs)

The FallProof™ program is pleased to offer home exercise DVDs. FallProof™ At Home, provides a progressive set of exercises excerpt from the national award-winning FallProof™ Balance and Mobility Training Program created by Debra Rose, PhD, at the Center for Successful Aging. If you are looking to rebuild your balance and strength, fine tune your flexibility, lower your risk of falls, and regain your independence, this home exercise program is for you! There are three different levels to choose from:

Level 1: Simple effective balance, strength, and flexibility exercises for older adults experiencing significant mobility difficulties that limit daily
activities. Includes seated activities with some standing exercises.

Level 2: Higher challenge program for older adults who have mastered 

Level 3: Highest challenge program for older adults who have mastered 

Home Exercise Program. Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, individualized home exercise programs will be developed, distributed and reviewed with the client.  Supplies will be provided when applicable.

Community Classes.  Various senior sites in the surrounding areas are currently offering community group balance classes.  These have been reviewed to determine eligibility criteria and when appropriate participants may be given a list of these classes to contact. 

Fresno State Community Health Nursing. Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, nursing students will contact interested older adults to perform individualized home safety checks in their residences.  Follow up visits can be scheduled for continued evaluation.

Gait, Balance, and Mobility Center.  This is an 8 week program (2x/week for 1 hour sessions) offered during the academic year at California State University, Fresno.  The program is overseen by core-faculty members from the Physical Therapy Department and clinicians from the community.  Graduate Physical Therapy students and faculty discuss each client’s impairments and develop an individualized treatment plan that is carried out by the student.  

SAFE Aging Informational Presentations by the SAFE Speakers Bureau

  • Free for SAFE Members
  • Donation requested for non-members

We provide 30 minute presentations including education materials for community, senior, or medical professional groups.

Contact us for more information about how to individualize your presentation and/or training for your group (minimum 25 people) about fall prevention risk factors, home safety, local resources and the predictable and preventable nature of falls.

education presentations

If you are interested in setting up a SAFE Aging education presentation, please contact SAFE at (559) 278-7539

Please download, fill out and fax (559) 278-3635 a presentation request form at the link below. 

SAFE Education Presentation Request Form

SAFE Mini-Balance Screening Training

  • Free for SAFE Members
  • Donation requested for non-members

We provide mini-balance screening training to individuals and groups that work with older adults. The training includes competency testing in the 8 Foot Up and Go and the 30 Second Chair Stand.  We offer this training for SAFE members who would like to help at health fairs, FallProof classes, and Balance Screenings as well as senior service providers, health professionals, and community members who would like to perform mini-balance screenings on older adults at their facilities or in the community.  At the end of the 3 hour training you will be tested in your competency to perform these tests and your knowledge in fall risk factors and given a certificate when you pass.

If you are interested in signing up for SAFE Mini-Balance Screening Training for you or your staff, please contact SAFE at (559) 278-7539

Fall Prevention Program Implementation (Cost and Subject Determined Based on Individual Situations)