Falls Prevention

Mission Statement

The Falls Prevention Coalition mission is to collectively raise island-wide awareness of the risk of falling as one ages, to educate Older Adults on fall prevention strategies, and to empower Older Adults to take action to reduce their fall risk and, when they do fall, recover more quickly.

FALLS PREVENTION MONTH
SCHEDULE 2022

Click here to download schedule PDF

  • Medication and Falls Risk: What you should know and what you can do. 
    Presented by Lewis Laskaris, a retired MVH Pharmacist.

    • Tuesday September 6, 10 AM at the Edgartown Council on Aging, The Anchors 10 Daggett Street Edgartown (508) 627-4368 Meris Keating

    • Tuesday September 13, 2 PM Tisbury Senior Center 34 Pine Tree Road Vineyard Haven, (508) 696-4205 Joyce Stiles-Tucker

    • Tuesday September 20, 10 AM Oak Bluffs Council on Aging at  (in-person and zoom) 21 Wamsutta Avenue (508) 693-4509 ext. 3 Rose Cogliano 

    • Tuesday September 27 10 AM at the Up-Island Council on Aging Howes House 1042 State Road West Tisbury (508) 693-2896 Susan Merrill
       

  • The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Physical Therapy Department: Safety Tips for Using a Cane or Walker.
    In-person interactive session on Wednesdays at Island Council on Aging Centers. 

    • Wednesday September 7 at 9:30 AM at the Up-Island Council on Aging Howes House 1042 State Road West Tisbury (508) 693-2896 Susan Merrill

    • Wednesday September 14 at 9:30 AM at the Tisbury Senior Center 34 Pine Tree Road Vineyard Haven, (508) 696-4205 Joyce Stiles-Tucker

    • Wednesday September 21 at 11 AM Edgartown Council on Aging, The Anchors 10 Daggett Street Edgartown (508) 627-4368 Meris Keating

    •  Oak Bluffs Council on Aging at  (in-person and zoom) 21 Wamsutta Avenue (508) 693-4509 ext. 3 Rose Cogliano
       

  • Tisbury COA Falls Prevention Day Program September 20.
    34 Pine Tree Road Vineyard Haven,
    (508) 696-4205 Joyce Stiles-Tucker

    • 10-11 AM: How to Recover from a Fall w/Catie

    • 11-12 AM: How Poor Vision can Cause a Fall w/ Dr. Shea *

    • 1-2 PM: Home Safety Checks w/ Lila Fischer

    • 2-3 PM: Emergency Alert/ Response System *
      *  waiting for confirmation
       

  • Cindy Trish of HAMV presents: Everything you wanted (or didn't want) to know about fall risks and falls prevention
    September 19 at noon

    • St. Andrews Church 51 Winter Street Edgartown.

    • Hosted by the Women’s Club of Martha’s Vineyard
       

  • In-person Fall Prevention Workshop
    September 22nd 10am – noon.

    Presented by YMCA and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

    • Join Natasha Snowden, MV Hospital Physical Therapist, as she leads the in-person workshop on fall prevention.

    • This event is free and open to the public.

    • Contact the Y Front Desk to register: 508 696-7171
       

  • Pain-Free Movement and Balance Screening
    Wednesday, September 28th all day 9:00am - 7:00pm.

    P
    rovided by Vineyard Complementary Medicine.

  • Matter of Balance Workshop
    Thursday September 29 at 9:30-11:30 AM

    Hosted by The Edgartown Council on Aging (The Anchors)

    • Workshop is at the Anchors. 

    • Registration required.

    • Please contact trogers@hamv.org or your Council on Aging for more information.

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MATTER OF BALANCE:
Evidenced based falls prevention!

This year, HAMV is bringing a new science based falls prevention workshop to the island!

We present to you, Matter of Balance!

A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based interactive program to educate, connect, and support our Older Adults who have experienced a fall or who are in fear of falling after having fallen. 

This program is an 8 week course 2 hours per week taught by 2 Coaches trained in A Matter of Balance curriculum.

 

The Edgartown Council on Aging (The Anchors) will be hosting the first course launching Thursday September 29 at 9:30-11:30 AM at the Anchors.  Registration required.

Please contact trogers@hamv.org or your Council on Aging for more information.

Click here to download Matter of Balance PDF

OUr supporting organizations

A huge thank you to all of the local organizations who support the coalition! This wouldn't be possible without them.

Chilmark Board of Health

Consumer Activists

Edgartown Council on Aging

Elder Services of Cape Cod/Islands

Island Health Care Community Center

Martha's Vineyard Community Services

Martha's Vineyard Hospital

NAACP

Oak Bluffs Council on Aging

Tisbury Board of Health

Tisbury Council on Aging

Up Island Council on Aging

Vineyard Complementary Medicine

Vineyard Haven Library

VNA of Cape Cod - Martha's Vineyard Office

YMCA Healthy Agers

Falls Information Downloads

In the spirit of self education, click on these links to download some fresh facts.

Falling Prevention Brochure

Falling Prevention Questions

10 Myths of Falling

Home Safety Tips

Fall Prevention Session at the Y

Home Safety Modification Brochure

Falls Prevention Month 2021 Calendar