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Pittsburgh: Research Leads to Evidence-based Approval for Pennsylvania’s Healthy Steps in Motion Falls Prevention Program

PA DEPARTMENT OF AGING – Research led Dr. Steven M Albert, professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has led to evidence-based approval from the National Council on Aging’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center, placing the commonwealth’s Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) falls-prevention program on the pre-approved list for future federal funding.  The study showed a significantly lower incidence of falls in older adults who completed program workshops than in a comparison group at the same sites. In multivariate models, HSIM participation reduced falls incidence by approximately 28 percent.

“The Department of Aging is built on a foundation of prevention and protection,” said Acting Secretary of Aging, Mr. Robert Torres. “By providing Healthy Steps in Motion in senior centers throughout the commonwealth, we are able to promote health and wellness while enabling older residents to age in place.”

HSIM evidence-based falls prevention program is offered to older adults at no cost through most of Pennsylvania’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging. Licensing and certified training are available nationally for organizations to conduct these programs. HSIM has already been licensed to organizations in Illinois and West Virginia.

For information on licensing, training costs, or additional information about these programs, contact: wellness@pa.gov.

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