Continuing our series of proven fall prevention initiatives, the Otago Exercise Program. Developed in New Zealand the Otago Exercise Program is made up of 17 different strength and balance exercises demonstrated by a live physical therapist.
The physical therapists assess, coach, and progress patients through the 6 month to 1 year long program. The combination of the physical therapists and the program's exercise leads to an astonishing 35-40% decrease in patients falls.
The Otago Fall Prevention Program consists of a series of online demonstration videos (available to download):
These will warm up your neck, trunk, ankles, and back.
The program offers a number of exercises to strengthen your knee extensor, knee flexor, calf raises, and toe raises.
A wide variety of 11 different exercises to increase your balance and reduce change of fall.
Includes a demonstration of the chair rise, 4-stage balance test, and timed up and go test to measure your progress throughout the program.
For further information on learning the Otago Fall Prevention Program, accessing training manuals, and contacting Otago specialists visit the UNC Geriatric Education Center.