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Otago Exercise Program

The Otago Exercise Program is an evidenced based home exercise program.

Program Benefits

Otago is a series of 17 strength and balance exercises delivered by a Physical Therapist that reduces falls between 35 to 40% for frail older adults. This program was developed in New Zealand, calls for Physical Therapist to assess, coach and progress patients over the course of six months to a year. Benefits include:

  • 35 to 40% reduction in falls and injuries among participants
  • Improve balance and leg strength
  • Carry out daily activities without fear of falling
  • Maintain personal independence

What Is Provided To Participants

A physical therapist will meet in the home with a participant 6 to 8 times over a year period to introduce and progress an exercise and walking program that is right for them. The program also includes monthly phone calls and quarterly follow-up visits to provide support to the participant. Eligible participant:

  • Are 75 years or over
  • Are 65 years or older with two or more chronic conditions
  • Are fearful of falling or have had falls in the past year
  • Have muscle weakness or balance problems
  • Participants should live in the community and be able to walk with or without a walking aid

Resources & Programs

Visit www.health.utah.gov/vipp/older-adults/falls/ for more information.

Download Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet (PDF)

For More Information On This Program

Sheryl Gardner
sagardner@utah.gov

Sources

  1. www.med.unc.edu/aging/cgec/
  2. Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health: 2004-2017 data queried via Utah’s Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH).
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2016 on CDCWONDER Online Database, released December, 2017. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2016, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics

Stepping On

Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program that reduces falls among participants.

Program Benefits

Falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle changes and community partnerships, we can substantially reduce fall risks, keeping older adults living independently with a good quality of life. Stepping On addresses known risk factors and promotes behavior change. Professional guest experts include a pharmacist, optometrist, physical therapist, and community safety officer.

  • 31% reduction in falls among participants
  • Decreased fear of falling
  • Increased performance of safe behaviors

What Is Provided To Participants

Classes meet once a week for two hours. One session is 7 weeks long. Classes include interactive discussion and storytelling to promote adult learning. Education topics include: falls and risks, strength and balance exercises, medication review, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, community mobility, and safety in public places.

Resources & Programs

Visit www.health.utah.gov/vipp/older-adults/falls for more information

Additional Resources

Utah Department of Health Resources:

The Violence and Injury Prevention Program aims to be a trusted and comprehensive resource for data and technical assistance related to violence and injury. With this information, we help promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health.

Partner Resources

List of Stepping On Providers in Utah

Program Name
Address
City
Phone
Bear River Health Department 655 East 1300 North Logan  435-792-6500
Central Health Department  40 W 200 N Manti 435-835-2231
Davis County Health Department  22 South State Street Clearfield 801-525-5050
Five County Association of Governments 1070 W 1600 S Bldg B.  St. George  435-673-3548
IHC Live Well Center - St. George  652 S Medical Center Dr Ste LL10 St. George  435-251-3793
IHC Live Well Center - Utah Valley 395 W. Bulldog Blvd Provo 801-357-4141
Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services 2001 S. State Street S1-600 Salt Lake City 385-468-3200
Salt Lake County Health Department 7971 S 1825 W West Jordan 385-468-5268
St. Mark's Hospital 1200 E 3900 S Salt Lake City 801-743-6705
Summit Health Department 650 Round Valley Dr Park City 435-333-1500
Tooele Health Department 151 N Main St Tooele 435-277-2302
Utah County Health Department 151 S. University Ave. Provo 801-851-7095
Wasatch Health Department  55 500 E  Heber City 435-654-2700
Weber-Morgan Health Department 477 23rd Street  Ogden  801-399-7283

Download Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet (PDF)

For More Information On This Program

Sheryl Gardner
sagardner@utah.gov
(801) 538-6592

Sources

  1. Utah Death Certificate Database. Utah Department of Health: 2010-2012
  2. Utah Inpatient Hospital Discharge Data & Utah Emergency Department Encounter Database. Utah Department of Health; 2009-2011
  3. Updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2011;59:148-157
  4. Clemson L, et.al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2004;52:1487-1494

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Program Benefits

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health, and increase your ability to do things. It’s easy and fun to learn. Tai Chi consists of slow continuous whole-body movements, strung together in a form. Like dance, the movements are learned and follow one after the other. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

What Is Provided To Participants

Participants will learn Tai Chi movements in a fun, non-threatening environment. Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health incorporates exercises that improve muscular strength, flexibility and fitness. The Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health program also focuses on weight transference, which improves balance and prevents falls.

Resources & Programs

Visit taichiforhealthinstitute.org/programs/tai-chi-for-arthritis/ for more information

Additional Resources

Program Name
Address
City
Phone
Active Re-Entry  10 S Fairgrounds Rd Price 435-637-4950
Bear River Health Department 655 East 1300 North Logan  435-792-6500
Cache County Senior Center  2240 North 100 East Logan  435-755-1720
Central Health Department  160 N. Main  Nephi 435-623-0696
Davis County Health Department  22 South State Street Clearfield 801-525-5050
Five County Association of Governments 1070 W 1600 S Bldg B.  St. George  435-673-3548
Mountainland AOG  586 E 800 N Orem 801-229-3804
Orem Senior Friendship Center  93 N 400 E Orem 801-229-7111
Phoneix Services  1139 State St A-1 Clearfield 801-825-4535
Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services 2001 S. State Street S1-600 Salt Lake City 385-468-3200
Tooele Health Department 151 N Main St Tooele 435-277-2302
Uintah Basin Association of Governments 330 E 100 S Roosevelt 435-722-4518
Weber-Morgan Health Department 477 23rd Street  Ogden  801-399-7283

Download Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet (PDF)

For More Information On This Program

Sheryl Gardner
sagardner@utah.gov

Sources

  1. Tai Chi for Health Institute program information and research, taichiforhealthinstitute.org/programs/tai-chi-for-arthritis/
  2. Tai Chi for Health Institute program information and research, taichiforhealthinstitute.org/tai-chi-for-fall-prevention/
  3. National Council on Aging Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health Program Information, www.ncoa.org/resources/tai-chi-arthritis-program-information-guidance/