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What Program is Right for My Patient?

View all Falls Prevention Classes below.


Referral to Physical Therapy

You may want to consider referring your patient to a physical therapist, preferably one with special training on older adult falls. Many physical therapists are trained to find out why your patient is falling, and help them with recovery solutions, such as strength and balance exercises to help reduce the chance of falling again.  Two physical therapy programs than have been shown to reduce falls among older adults are the Otago Falls Prevention Program (developed in New Zealand) and Sure Step. If you refer your patients to physical therapy, it is possible that the therapist may be using similar programs.

For clinicians – research on Otago from CDC


The UNC School of Medicine is offering an online training in the Otago Exercise Program: Online Training. This training is not available anywhere else and is accredited by Greensboro Area Health Education Center, NC and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy through the ProCert Program. Receive 3 CEUs for only $25!

“Otago” is one of only three evidence-based falls prevention programs being promoted across 18 states as part of major federal funding initiatives through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administration for Community Living, and The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, is proud to sponsor this course written by APTA members. PTs can call  919-843-6675 or register online.


Stepping On™

Stepping On classes meet once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led by a team of health care providers (physical therapist, nurse, pharmacist, occupational therapist) who work with you and your classmates to improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing your medications, providing a vision screening, teaching strength and balance exercises, and offering help to improve your safety at home. Members of the group 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 35% reduction in falls. Stepping On course costs $35 for the seven week session and includes the reunion class.

Click here for an 8-minute video produced by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Focus onHealth TV. This video introduces Stepping On to potential participants, sponsors, partners and guest experts.

*Please advise patients to add an additional 15-30 minutes to the first Stepping On class to complete paperwork (surveys and data collection).

For clinicians – research on Stepping On from CDC

Available Classes

Oregon Senior Center

219 Park St., Oregon

Thursdays, January 11 – February 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

To register, Contact the Oregon Senior Center at (608) 835-5801

Monona Senior Center

1011 Nichols Rd., Monona

Wednesdays, January 24 – March 7, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (first class will start at 12:30pm)

To register, Contact the Monona Senior Center at (608) 222-3415

Meadowood Neighborhood Center

5740 Raymond Rd., Madison

Wednesdays, February 7 – March 28, 1:15pm – 3:15pm

To register, Contact Candice at 608-238-7368 x8

Stoughton Senior Center

248 W. Main St., #1, Stoughton

Thursdays, February 22 – April 22 (no class March 29), 1:00pm – 3:00pm

To register, call 608-873-8585

UW Health West Clinic

451 Junction Rd., Madison

Thursdays, March 1 – April 12, 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, call 608-890-5651

UnityPoint Health-Meriter Monona Clinic

6408 Copps Ave., Monona

Tuesdays, March 27- May 8, 9:30am – 11:30am (9:00am start time for the first class)

To register, Contact Ashley at 608-235-1957

UW Health Northeast Clinic

3209 Dryden Dr., Madison

Thursdays, April 26 – June 7, 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, call 608-890-5651

UW Health West Clinic

451 Junction Rd., Madison

Thursdays, July 12 – August 23, 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, call 608-890-5651

UW Health at The American Center

4602 Eastpark Blvd., Madison

Thursdays, October 4 – November 15, 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, call 608-890-5651

Tai Chi Fundamentals™

Available Classes:

Tai Chi Center of Madison 

301 S. Bedford St., Madison
Schedules online at or
call 608-663-8299

Classes, times and dates vary. Contact
Tai Chi Center of Madison for details.

Goodman Community Center 

Gentle Exercise & Tai Chi
Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
149 Waubesa St., Madison
Cost: Suggested $1 donation
No registration needed.

Tai Chi Fundamental Form 
Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.
149 Waubesa St., Madison
Cost: Suggested $1 donation.
No registration needed.

For more information, contact Sara Watts, certified Range of Motion Dance Instructor, at 608-244-9424.

Class description:

Gentle Exercise & Tai Chi
This gentle mind/body exercise and
relaxation program is designed
especially for people with arthritis,
joint pain, or any kind of stiffness
that limits movement. These range-of-
motion exercises are recommended by
doctors and therapists to help keep joints
flexible and can be practiced both sitting
and standing.

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)

Tai Chi-Yang Style
For more information, call 608-204-3000
or visit

Class focuses on 24 forms of Yang
style sequence with variations in
movements and breathing. For
beginners or those familiar with
the form.

Tai Chi For Balance
For more information, call 608-204-3000
or visit

Instruction in a Yang style
Tai Chi form for cultivation of
physical and emotional balance,
strength, flexibility and
body-mind integration.


Moving For Better Balance

Moving for Better Balance is a falls prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. If offered, the class meets twice per week for 12 weeks, and is part of a national program offered through the YMCA. Y members: $150; non-members: $300.

For clinicians – research on Moving for Better Balance from CDC


NoFalls is a 15-week course lead by a trained fitness instructor. The class focuses on balance, and is designed for people who may have some balance problems. It is taught by a trained fitness instructor. Dane County is one of only a few places in the United States that offer this class, which was developed in Australia. According to studies, people who complete the NoFalls class and who also add a home safety review and a vision check, are 30% less likely to have a serious fall. NoFalls course costs $35 for the 15-week session.

For clinicians – research on NoFalls from CDC

Available Classes:

Additional class information
will be available soon. Check back for details!

Living Falls Free

Living Falls Free is a practical falls risk reduction exercise class. Course content includes learning the exercises of the No Falls Program as well as learning falls reduction strategies for your life. Class includes a take-home exercise program, pre/post performance testing, and a 3-month follow-up check. This is a moderate level class with walking, rocker boards, strength work and exercise at standing chair and floor level. Gati dynamics and movement technique are emphasized. Instructor Sue Peterson, MS, has over 20 years experience as an instructor of Falls Management, Senior Dance Aerobics, and Parkinson’s exercise classes.


Available Classes:

UW Health Research Park 

Wednesdays: 10:45-11:5 a.m.
March 2 – May 25, 2016
621 Science Drive, Madison
Cost: $153.
To register, call 608-263-7936 or click here

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. Instructor: Jody Curley. Visit the MSCR website for more details.

Available Classes: 

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)


Tuesdays: 12:00-12:45 p.m.
January 12 – May 24, 2016
(Skip 3/22 & 3/23)
MSCR-Odana: Course #51544
Cost: $58.
To register, call 608-204-3000


Wednesdays: 1:15-2:00 p.m.
January 13 – May 25, 2016
(Skip 3/22 & 3/23)
MSCR-Hoyt: Course #51541
Cost: $58.
To register, call 608-204-3000


Wednesdays: 2:15-3:00 p.m.
January 13 – May 25, 2016
(Skip 3/22 & 3/23)
MSCR-Hoyt: Course #51542
Cost: $58.
To register, call 608-204-3000


Tuesdays: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
February 2 – May 24, 2016
(Skip 3/22 & 3/23)
MSCR-East: Course #51697
Cost: $48.
To register, call 608-204-3000


Wednesdays: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
February 3 – May 25, 2016
(Skip 3/22 & 3/23)
MSCR-East: Course #51540
Cost: $48.
To register, call 608-204-3000


Wednesdays: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
February 3 – May 25, 2016
(Skip 3/22 & 3/23)
MSCR-East: Course #51698
Cost: $48.
To register, call 608-204-3000


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!

For clinicians – research on use of Yaktrax as a falls prevention measure

Tai Chi Classes

Available Classes:

Additional class information
will be available soon. Check back for details!

Ballroom Basics for BALANCETM

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:


Thursdays: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
June 16 – August 25, 2016
Cost: $60. Course #11321
To register, call 608-204-3023

Challenge and improve your balance
with the basic moves of ballroom dance!
This class is a cooperative effort
between MSCR and local physical
therapists and other healthcare
professionals. No experience or
partner is needed. Scholarship
assistance available, please call
204-3023 for more information.

Madison Central Library

Fridays: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
September 23 – December 9, 2016
(Skip 10/21, 11/4 & 11/25)
Cost: $55.
Note: Class is on 3rd Floor.
To register, call 608-204-3203

Need help paying? Dane County TimeBank hours are accepted for this class. Scholarships are also available through the Madison Senior Center, contact 266-6581 for details.


Madison Smooth Steppers Class

Every Friday: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 2222 S. Park St. Ste. 227
(Urban League )
For details, call 608-359-5602
Instructors: Judith Young, Verlon Brooks
(Note: this class is not affiliated with Ballroom Basics For Balance, but is a
recommended class by local physical therapists.)





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