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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.


This year was our busiest and most impressive yet. Thank you to everyone who participated.  We are already looking forward to next year. Please click below to see all the wonderful events that took place.
Click here to download schedule 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


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


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. 


MOB Sessions in 2023: 


  • April & May at Howes House (UpIsland Council on Aging) - class is full

  • The second workshop will begin in July and will consist of 8 weekly sessions

    • Dates are: July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28. It will be held at the Tisbury Council on Aging, Mondays 9:30-11:30am. 

    • Contact Joyce Stiles-Tucker at 508-696-4205 or to reserve your spot

Contact a Council on Aging or Cindy Trish to learn more:

COA numbers listed below:

Edgartown: 508-627-4368
Oak Bluffs: 508-693-4509 ext 3
Tisbury: 508-696-4205
Up-Island: 508-693-2896


Click here to read about Matter of Balance in our March 2023 Newsletter

Click here to download Matter of Balance PDF

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

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