Fall Prevention  

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department works with senior centers, assisted living facilities, senior care agencies and other community organizations to offer two evidence-based programs that have been proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling. Stepping On & Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance are evidence-based and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as effective programs for the reduction of falls in the elderly.  According to the CDC, nationally one in four adults aged 65 and older falls each year and 3 million are treated for fall-related injuries in the emergency room. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often a head injury or hip fracture.Research shows that of those who do fall each year, less than half tell their doctor and falling one time doubles the changes of having a future fall. Within the ELVPHD health district, about 1 in 4 (22.7%) people aged 45 and over had fallen in the past year according to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data compared to 26.1% for the State of Nebraska overall. Many falls can be prevented and programs such as Stepping On and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance gives seniors the tools they need to reduce their chance of falling.  

Stepping On

Stepping On empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks in a small-group setting. Topics covered include: vision, outdoor safety, footwear, medication management, home safety, mobility aids, balance and exercise. Older adults who should attend are those who: a) are at risk of falling, b) have a fear of falling, or c) who have fallen one or more times. Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders and it offers a variety of guest speakers from medical and safety backgrounds.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it most effective.  Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulfilling lives. Please check our calendar of events for specific class information or call us to inquire about upcoming classes in your community!


Tai Chi  

One out of three adults over 65 fall every year and many of those falls will involve injury.  Falls have a huge cost, both in terms of dollars and independence.  Tai Chi has been recommended as a "Best Practice" to prevent falls for older adults.  And even if you have a fall (because we cannot eliminate all falls) by doing Tai Chi you lessen your chances of having an injury.

Benefits of Tai Chi:

  • Improved social and mental well-being
  • Improved balance and physical functioning
  • Improved confidence in conducting daily activities    
  • Maintained independence and improved quality of life

In order to offer Tai Chi classes in communities throughout our health district, we rely on the dedication and teamwork of volunteer instructors throughout our service area. Please check our calendar of events for specific class information or call us to inquire about upcoming classes in your community!

Fall prevention activities are funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging.

Reviewed: 06/13/2019

Elkhorn Logan Valley
Public Health Department
2104 21st Circle / PO Box 779, Wisner, NE 68791
Phone: 402.529.2233  - or -  877.379.4400
Fax: 402.529.2211
After Hours: 402.841.8110
Email: [email protected]