S.A.F.E. Balance Screenings for Older Adults


Provided by the: SAFE – Central Valley Coalition

A Consortium with Fresno State

Are you over 55? Do you have concerns about your balance or a fear of falling?

The next screening dates are on Wednesday, February 11th and March 25th and will be held off-campus, at 1625 E. Shaw Ave, #155, by appointment only. You will be given multiple assessments to determine your strength, balance, and ultimately your risk for falling.  A licensed physical therapist and nurse will be present for all testing. You will need to get a signed clearance from your physician, mailed once you make an appointment or downloadable at www.safecvc.org. Assessments take approximately 1 hour.  At the end of the screening, all participants will receive education materials and recommendations based on the results of your assessment (described below).

Group FallProof Class.  These courses are designed to increase and improve your balance and strength, reduce your risk of falls, and increase your confidence. FallProof was designed by Dr. Debra Rose with the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. This is a 12 week program (2x/week for 1 hour sessions) Class locations are off-campus with easily accessible parking. We also offer FallProof DVDs through the Center for Successful Aging for you to work on exercises at home.

Home Exercise Program. Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, individualized home exercise programs will be developed and reviewed with the client. 

Community ClassesVarious senior sites in the surrounding areas are currently offering community group balance classes. When appropriate, participants may be given a list of these classes to contact and specific classes that would be appropriate for their skill level and needs.

Fresno State Community Health Nursing. Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, nursing students will contact interested older adults to perform individualized home safety checks in their residences. Follow up visits can be scheduled for continued evaluation.

Gait, Balance, and Mobility CenterThis is an 8 week program (2x/week for 1 hour sessions) offered during the academic year at California State University, Fresno.  The program is overseen by core-faculty members from the Physical Therapy Department and clinicians from the community.  Graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy students along with faculty discuss each client’s impairments and develop an individualized treatment plan that is carried out by the student. 

If you would like more information or make an appointment please contact

Ashley Hart at ahart@csufresno.edu or 559-278-7539

*$10 Donation Requested, Please Make Checks Payable to Fresno State Foundation, Cash, Visa and MasterCard Cheerfully Accepted*

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