VisionAware Highlights California Healthier Living Coalition for Fall Prevention Month

Date Posted: 09/05/2017

logo for California Healthier Living Coalition

Since 2006, the California Departments of Aging and Public Health have been working together to support and increase statewide access to evidence-based programs for adults with chronic health conditions and disabilities, including vision loss. While both agencies have made progress, there are still many people in California who don’t know about or have access to evidence-based programs (see note below for further explanation).

In 2015, with supportive funding from the Administration for Community Living, the California Healthier Living Coalition embedded falls prevention programming as an integral part of the Coalition’s mission. With this funding, the Coalition has made significant progress in developing a foundational infrastructure to implement and sustain falls prevention programming within the aging network and has become a Statewide Falls Coalition with over 50 member organizations representing over 20 counties in California implementing programs such as A Matter of Balance and Tai Chi for Arthritis.

seniors seated lifting arms in exercise program

Our Mission

By working with local partners, our mission is to:

  • Increase access and availability of evidence-based health promotion programs in more communities;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of evidence-based programs in helping people who are managing a fear of falling or who are managing one or more chronic conditions;
  • Decrease hospital utilization for falls by increasing falls prevention programming in communities.

Work in the Vision Field

two older people doing chair exercises

Partners in Care Foundation, a lead member of the Coalition, has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Braille Institute and the Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living to offer evidence-based programming to older adults with vision loss and adults with disabilities. For these workshops, appropriate materials, such as large print forms for people with low vision and/or audiobooks, are used so the participants can follow along with and participate in the curricula. For more information, go to the Coalition’s website.

Information about Falls Coalitions Throughout the Country

List of State Falls Prevention Coalitions

Note: The Administration on Community Living (ACL) gives the following definition for "evidence-based programs":

  • "Demonstrated through evaluation to be effective for improving the health and well-being or reducing disease, disability, and/or injury among older adults; and
  • Proven effective with older adult population, using Experimental or Quasi-Experimental Design; and
  • Research results published in a peer-review journal."

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