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WNC Fall Prevention Coalition
Website - www.wncfallpreventioncoalition.org


The WNC Fall Prevention Coalition is committed to reducing the number of falls and fall-related injuries in Western North Carolina.  The Coalition is comprised of representatives from over 30 regional organizations.  Together, they address the need for coordinated and multifactorial fall prevention strategies in WNC through community awareness, provider education and a balance and screening referral process. Below are some exemplary initiatives in our region.


A Matter of Balance – The program's goal is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. This 8-session program addresses the fear of falling with practical coping strategies such as: promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals around increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce risk factors and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.

Schedule of Upcoming Programs and Trainings

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falling
Lakeview Center for Active Aging - 401 Laurel Circle, Black Mountain 28711
Thursdays, September 28 through November 16
1:30 - 3:30pm
Register: 828-450-6678 or hbauer@homeinstead.com

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falling
Mills River Library - 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759
Mondays, October 2nd through November 20th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Register: stephanie@landofsky.org or 828-251-7438 

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falling
Reuter YMCA- 3 Town Square Blvd, Asheville 28803
Wednesdays, October 4th through November 29th
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Register: stephanie@landofsky.org or 828-251-7438 

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falling
Woodfin YMCA- 40 N Merrimon Ave #101, Asheville 28804
Thursdays, October 5th through November 30th  
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Register: stephanie@landofsky.org or 828-251-7438

A Matter of Balance: Addressing Concerns About Falling
ABTech Madison Campus - 4646 US Hwy 25-70; Marshall, NC 28753
Mondays, October 9th through November 27th
9 am to 11am
Register: stephanie@landofsky.org or 828-251-7438 


Building Better Balance Screenings – Building Better Balance Screenings are free and open to the public.  Trained screeners will provide the service at different times and locations throughout the region.  The screening will take about 15 minutes and include a few questions and the completion of two balance activities.  The screener will use the NC certified flowchart to determine the level of fall risk.  Participants will then receive information on resources to continue to build better balance and reduce the likelihood of a fall.


Fall Prevention Awareness Week – Fall Prevention Awareness Day takes place each year on the first day of fall.  This day aims remind us what we can do to prevent falls and fall related injuries.  The WNC Fall Prevention Coalition coordinates activities for Fall Prevention Awareness Week including balance screening, balance health fair and educational programs.


Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence based program that was created by Dr. Paul Lam and has been approved by the Arthritis Foundation. This simplified Sun Style of Tai Chi is a physical activity that is safe for people with arthritis and can improve flexibility, strength and balance.  Flexibility, strength and balance are all modifiable risk factors for fall prevention - for these reasons Tai Chi for Arthritis is also excellent for fall prevention.  There are certified instructors in our region.

For more information about these programs contact Stephanie Stewart at 828-251-6622 ext 117.