Better Balance and Fall Prevention Program for Seniors

The Humboldt Better Balance and Fall Prevention Program is aimed at improving balance and mobility among our elders and in turn to reduce the risk of fall. This program provides a series of balance, mobility and fall risk tests for seniors in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The testing program evaluates balance that is controlled by a complex combination of visual, muscular and neurologic systems. The tests evaluate strength, a critical factor for a rapid response to a balance disturbance. Older adults typically display a slower walking speed with steps that are shorter and vary in length. These are all factors that increase risk related to falls. The ability to live independently is directly related to balance and fall risk. Testing and, if necessary, exercises help seniors learn how to reduce risk of falls, improve balance and walk more safely and confidently are the program components.

To help seniors remain active, strong and healthy, the Humboldt Biomechanics Lab offers Balance and Fall Risk Assessments. Safety is a major concern of the entire Humboldt Biomechanics Lab and staff measure a person’s balance and risk of falling using the following tools: Physical History and Fall Risk Survey, Lower body strength and flexibility, Mobility assessment, Balance assessment and a Clinical Test for Sensory Integration in Balance.

For more information, contact Cal Poly Humboldt Kinesiology Professor Justus Ortega at (707) 826-4274 or