Fall Prevention Classes: High Risk

Elder black man stretching in park

Referral to Physical Therapy

You may want to consider a physical therapist, preferably one with special training on older adult falls. Many physical therapists are trained to find out why you/your patient is falling, and help them with recovery solutions, such as strength and balance exercises to help reduce the chance of falling again.


One physical therapy program that has been shown to reduce falls among older adults is the Otago Falls Prevention Program (developed in New Zealand).

Fall Prevention Classes: Medium Risk

Elderly Women sitting and doing physical therapy activities with rubber rings

Stepping On

Stepping On is an evidence-based workshop meeting once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led by trained leaders who work with you and your classmates to help improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing medications, exploring the role of vision and falls, teaching strength and balance exercises, and offering help to improve your safety at home. Members of the class support each other’s efforts to take action to prevent falls. Older adults who may have balance problems or fear of falling are the best fit for this class. According to studies, people who complete Stepping On classes see a 31% reduction in falls. A Stepping On workshop costs $35 for the seven week session and includes the reunion class.

An additional 15-30 minutes will be added to the first class of the workshop series to complete paperwork (surveys and data collection).

For research on Stepping on from the CDC, click here.

Available Workshops: 

IN-PERSON – Lake Edge Lutheran Church

4032 Monona Dr., Madison

Wednesdays, January 11 – February 22 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

To register, contact Lake Edge Lutheran Church at 608-222-7339

Cost: $35 for workshop series

IN-PERSON – Fisher-Taft Apartments

2110 Fisher St., #1, Madison

Thursdays starting March 2 from 10:30am – 12:30pm

To register, contact LeeAnne Banks at Fisher-Taft Apartments at 608-843-2846

IN-PERSON – Stoughton Senior Center

248 W. Main St., Stoughton

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 18 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

To register, contact the Stoughton Senior Center at 608-873-8585

Cost: $35 for workshop series

IN-PERSON – Verona Senior Center

108 Paoli St., Verona

Fridays, April 7 – May 19 from 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, contact the Verona Senior Center at 608-845-7471

Cost: $35 for workshop series

Tai Chi Fundamentals™

Available Classes:

Madison Senior Center –

Participants encouraged to take Goodman Community Center’s Virtual Tai Chi Class (call 608-241-1574 for information)

Goodman Community Center: Tai Chi Fundamental Form –

Please call Goodman Community Center for information about virtual Tai Chi (608) 241-1574

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR): Tai Chi-Multiple Styles

Contact MSCR for program guide and information about Goodman Rotary 50+ Classes: 608-204-3023

Fall Prevention Classes: Mild Risk

Older man and women doing tai chi in the park in spring

Living Falls Free

Living Falls Free is a practical falls risk reduction exercise class. Course content includes learning the exercises of the as well as learning falls reduction strategies specific for your life. Class includes a take-home exercise program and pre/post performance testing. This is a moderate level class with walking, rocker boards, strength work and exercise at standing, chair and floor level. Gait dynamics and movement technique are emphasized.

Wednesdays, October 5 – December 14 from 10:30am – 11:30am (no class 11/23)

Cost: $152 (some discounts available)

UW Health Sports Medicine Center

621 Science Drive, Madison

To Register: Call 263-7936 or visit www.uwhealth.org/LFF for more information


Balancing Act

This program is designed to increase balance and decrease the risk of falling by using tai chi movements and principles. Standing and chair-based exercises are adapted to individual needs. Classes are held at Madison School & Community Recreation locations.  Click here to visit the MSCR website for more details.

Available Classes: Call 608-204-3023 


Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR offers multiple classes which can improve balance and help prevent falls. The “B” (for balance) symbol identifies exercise classes that help prevent falls in older adults. The “B” classes incorporate both balance and strength training. Scientific literature has shown balance training to be the best exercise for fall prevention.

Fall Prevention Classes: Low Risk

Two older white haired men bowling

Balancing and Strength Exercises

Research shows that to reduce chances of falling, people must include balance and strength exercises that are progressive (get more challenging over time), and that are practiced for at least 50 hours over 15 weeks. Anyone interested in preventing falls should add these activities to their daily and weekly routine. And it’s important to keep going – any improvements to balance can be lost quickly if we don’t keep it up. And keep walking, swimming, stretching – or moving any way you like – it’s worth it!


Ballroom Basics for Balance™

Challenge your balance and make it better with basic moves of ballroom dance!  Research shows that dance is one way to improve balance and reduce falls. This class is for you if:

  • You want to get better at walking or moving around on various surfaces, both inside and outside (like carpets, grass, and snowy walkways).
  • You have had at least one fall in the past year or have a fear of falling.
  • You are able to participate in medium-difficult activity without major health symptoms (like chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness).
  • You are able to move about on your own with or without a device to help you.
  • You can hear and see well enough to participate in a group class.
  • You are interested in having fun!

You will learn basic movements of traditional smooth and Latin style ballroom dances with and without music; you can practice on your own or with a partner in this group class.  We will learn to dance while learning about improving balance.  No experience or partner needed! Taught by physical therapists and other health care professionals.

Available Classes: Virtual and Outdoor Classes Now Available!! Check the website for additional information:  https://www.ballroombasicsforbalance.org


Ageless Balance – Virtual 

Regain your balance with simple and safe seated and standing exercises that can be modified for any fitness level. Information will be provided about how to prevent falls. This class is designed to improve balance, as well as strength, endurance, and flexibility, while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Free exercise equipment provided when you register.

Virtual classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30pm – 2:15pm.

Click here to register and for more information: https://agelessbalance.com/class-registration/

Cost: $20/month


Monona Senior Center Tai Chi & Ice Cream (Outdoors)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Grand Crossing Park, 6320 Inland Way (intersects Bridge Rd.), Monona
Seven Mondays, 11:00am – 12:00pm
June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25
For registration information, contact Monona Senior Center, 608-222-3415
Cost: $5 per class


Olbrich Botanical Gardens Tai Chi Meditation (Outdoors)

Instructor – Jody Curley
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Two five-week summer sessions in the Gardens
June 13 – July 18 (no class July 4); July 25-August 22
Register through Olbrich Botanical Gardens, http://www.olbrich.org, 608-246-4550


Verona Senior Center Cup of Chi (Zoom)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Tuesdays, 11:30am – 12:15pm
For registration information, contact Jody Curley – jodycurley@gmail.com
$5 per class


Monona Senior Center Cup of Chi (Zoom)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Thursdays, 11:30am – 12:15pm
For registration information, contact the Monona Senior Center, 608-222-3415
$5 per class


Verona Senior Center Tai Chi Balance (Zoom)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Fridays, 11:00am – 12:00pm
For registration information, contact Jody Curley, jodycurley@gmail.com
$5 per class


Tai Chi Chuan Short Form and Long Form (Alternating Zoom and Outdoors)

Instructor – Jody Curley
Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:00am, William CC Chen 60 Movements Short Form
Saturdays, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 132 Movement Yang Style Long Form Review
For registration information, contact Jody Curley, jodycurley@gmail.com
$5 per class


Strength Stretch Balance – Virtual

Exercise class done standing and sitting with an emphasis on resistance exercise, mobility and range of motion, and balance (no getting down on the floor)

Instructor: Marlene Storms

  • Mon: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • Tues: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Wed: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Thurs: 10:30am – 11:30am

Supplies Needed: armless chair, hand weights, towel or small ball (larger than a tennis ball, smaller than a soccer ball), water; optional: ankle weights

Cost: $50/month per household (includes Plank/Floor classes)

To register, contact Marlene Storms at thedailyfitwithmarlene@outlook.com


Plank/Floor – Virtual

More intense exercise class with emphasis on resistance exercise, mobility and range of motion, and balance

Instructor: Marlene Storms

  • Mon: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Thurs: 9:30am – 10:20am

Supplies Needed: yoga mat, hand weights, water

Cost: $50/month per household (includes Strength Stretch Balance classes)

To register, contact Marlene Storms at thedailyfitwithmarlene@outlook.com


Mindful Movement:

Program designed for seniors but open to any adult interested.

Get Movin: A gentle exercise program for every fitness level.

Instructor: Venus Washington

Website:  http://www.venuswashington.com  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBFmfieqTuCIwk8CWqllJeA

*Please check website about virtual class availability


Madison Circus Space’s Beginning German Wheel:

A circus art that uses the wheel, an apparatus made of metal hoops connected with spokes. Completely supervised, this is a fun and totally different way to be active and fit!

Instructor: Carly Schuna

Website: https://madisoncircusspace.com
*Classes on hold now due to COVID-19


Movnat Madison’s Age Adventurously Class:

This class focuses on learning natural movement techniques to improve physical competence i.e. increased strength, improved balance and agility. Workouts are also designed to improve bone density and increase stamina.

This class will empower you to move confidently and overcome any fear of movement that you may have so you can be free to Age Adventurously.

Instructor: Rock Hancock

Location: 4678 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison

Mondays & Wednesdays starting September 19, 2022 from 9:00am – 9:45am

Website: http://www.movnatmadison.com


Tai Chi Center of Madison

Tai Chi Fundamentals – The Tai Chi Fundamentals Program offers a clear system for mastering the basics of tai chi while retaining the integrity of traditional Yang Style tai chi (Cheng Man Ch’ing lineage). This program is designed to make tai chi clear and accessible for beginners with a wide range of abilities, and for experienced practitioners wishing to refine essential groundwork.

ROM Dance/Gentle Exercise- The ROM Dance is a gentle mind/body exercise and relaxation program designed especially for people with pain and other physical conditions which may limit movement. “ROM” stands for Range-Of-Motion exercises recommended by doctors and therapists to help keep the joints flexible. The ROM Dance incorporates these movements with basic mind/body principles from tai chi, and is accompanied by quiet music and a verse that evokes light, warmth and well being.

Instructor: Rachel Sandretto

Websites: http://taichicenterofmadison.com/fund.shtml   http://taichicenterofmadison.com/rom.shtml

*Please call for information about in-person and virtual classes 608-663-8299

Yang (Cheng Man Ch’ing/Taiwan Form) All Levels – Tai chi is a form of qigong (energy cultivation). Based in martial arts movements, tai chi provides training in proper body mechanics and natural alignment. It fosters a relaxed body and a peaceful state of mind, which are essential ingredients for cultivating healthy energy or qi.

Instructor: Doug Brown

Website: http://taichicenterofmadison.com/yang.shtml#cheng

*Please call for information about in-person and virtual classes 608-663-8299

Yang 1 Beginner Tai Chi

Yang 2 – 3 Intermediate Tai Chi

Tai chi is a form of qigong (energy cultivation). Based in martial arts movements, tai chi provides training in proper body mechanics and natural alignment. It fosters a relaxed body and a peaceful state of mind, which are essential ingredients for cultivating healthy energy or qi.

Instructor: Bruce Aunet

Website: http://taichicenterofmadison.com/yang.shtml

*Please call for information about in-person and virtual classes 608-663-8299


Virtual Senior Strength and Stretch – Hosted by Newbridge

Mondays and Wednesdays, ongoing
9:00am – 9:45am (except public holidays)
$20/month to access all Monday/Wednesday classes
Contact Becky Otte-Ford to sign up at 608-215-4119 or raonine@gmail.com


Unique Steppin’ with Roy Jones (in partnership with Madison School & Community Recreation)

Instructor – Roy Jones
Madison School & Community Recreation (4620 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison)
Saturdays from 1-3pm starting August 20 (except holidays)
The class is free (donations accepted), but registration is required. Call MSCR at 608-204-3000 or visit www.mscr.org.

Start Exercising: Local Exercising Resources

Elderly man and woman participating in yoga

Safe Communities

2453 Atwood Ave., Ste 210
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 441-3060
Learn about community resources and classes (both evidence-based and evidence-informed) that could help prevent a fall. Classes include Stepping On, Living Falls Free, Tai Chi Fundamentals, Moving for Better Balance, Ballroom Basics for Balance.


UW Health Faint and Fall Clinic

University Hospital
600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
(608) 890-8400

The Mobility and Falls Clinic is for our older adults who may be at risk for losing independence, who are experiencing:

  • Recurrent falls with or without physical injury
  • Fear of falling with functional consequences
  • Declining mobility and function


Madison School & Community Recreation 50+ Programs

(608) 204-3023

MSCR 50+ programs include aqua exercise, strength training, low impact fitness, yoga, Tai Chi, golf, walking clubs and many more at affordable prices.

Check Your Medication: Medication Review Resources

person looking over their medication

Medications Linked to Falls-Resource from CDC (PDF)

Postural Hypotension-Resource from CDC (PDF)

Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative

The Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative (WPQC) is an initiative of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) which connects community pharmacists with patients, physicians, and health plans to improve the quality and reduce the cost of medication use across Wisconsin. This team-based approach has brought stakeholders together in a unique collaboration with the goal of ensuring safe and high-quality care to patients in Wisconsin.  WPQC coordinates a network of pharmacies with certified pharmacists who have received specific Medication Therapy Management (MTM) training. WPQC pharmacists meet privately with patients to review medication regimens, communicate potential opportunities to improve medication use with physicians and other health care providers, and educate patients on the appropriate use of their medications. The medication use and safety goals of WPQC are to resolve drug therapy problems, improve adherence and coordination of care, and engage patients in their own care. Click here to access list of WPQC pharmacy locations.