Health Services

Division of Preventive Medicine


Our falls prevention programs are specifically designed for people who are:

  • At risk of falling
  • Have a fear of falling
  • Who have fallen one or more times
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Staying Independent for Life

Staying Independent for Life is a comprehensive two-hour falls and injury prevention seminar developed by Suffolk County Department of Health Services. This program, which targets senior citizens, covers risk factors and risk reduction strategies for falls. This workshop focuses on major issues concerning falls prevention.

Topics covered include:

  • Safe footwear
  • Importance of annual vision exams
  • Medication review
  • Home hazards (assessments and modification)
  • Strength and balance exercises

Staying Independent for Life gives participants guidance about voicing concerns with health providers, care givers and other members of their community.

This program is led by a health professional from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Click here to see a calendar of upcoming Staying Independent for Life programs in your community!

Send us an email for more information about the Staying Independent for Life Program.


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Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

Stepping On is a program that empowers mature adults to carry out healthy behaviors that reduce the risk of falls, improve self-management and increase quality of life.

This program is facilitated by two trained leaders, one who is a health professional from the Suffolk County Department of Health and a peer leader who meets the criteria for the class.

It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principals. Senior citizens develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls in community settings. Subjects covered include:

  • improving strength and balance
  • home and community safety
  • vision
  • footwear
  • medication review

It is the process in which Stepping On is taught that make the program so effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors resulting in the reduction of falls with the goal of maintaining active and fulfilling lives.

This program is led by a health professional from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Click here to see a calendar of upcoming Stepping On programs in your community!

Send us an email for more information about the Staying Independent for Life Program.


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Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi classes are led by a trained/certified instructor, the class meets twice a week, 60 minutes for 8 weeks.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a falls prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi in helping senior citizens improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities.

This evidence- based program is proven to reduce falls and improve fitness and is designed for older adults who are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength. Participants will learn:

  • Balance Skills
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Coordinated Tai Chi movements

During each class core balance exercises are introduced and practiced. Exercises focus on stimulating musculoskeletal and sensory systems via self-initiated movements such as body weight shifting, unilateral weight-bearing, trunk rotation, ankle sways and coordinated eye-head-hand movements.

This program is led by a health professional from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Click here to see a calendar of upcoming Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance programs in your community!

Send us an email for more information about the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Program.