Falls & Otago Resources

The Otago Exercise Program

The Otago Exercise Program is a series of 17 strength and balance exercises delivered by a Physical Therapist in the home that reduces falls between 35 and 40% for frail older adults.  This evidence-based program, developed in New Zealand, calls for PTs to assess, coach and progress patients over the course of six months to one year.  Recent research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention shows statistically significant improvement in clinical scores after as little as 8 weeks.1 

The Otago Exercise Program is being promoted by the Centers for Disease Control, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Project and the Administration for Community Living in 16 states.

Find an Otago trained Therapist here

Course Description Find out more about our newly revised self-paced online training 3 CEUs only $35.  A new short online course is also available to show how the Otago exercises can be done as part of activities of daily living.  Over 5,300 PTs have completed our online training.

Click here if you need to submit a justification for CEUs to your local CEU granting agency.

Join us in 2018 with the National Council on Aging Sponsored Quarterly Otago Webinar

Shubert, T. E., M. L. Smith, L. Jiang and M. G. Ory (2016). "Disseminating the Otago Exercise Program in the United States: Perceived and Actual Physical Performance Improvements From Participants." J Appl Gerontol.

Statewide Falls Prevention Coalition

Every year as many as 1/3rd of all older adults will suffer a fall.  These falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the second leading cause of nonfatal injuries according to North Carolina Division of Public Health. In response, the North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition was formed with the aim, through education and training, of reducing the number of falls, falls-related injuries, and seriousness of injuries resulting from falls.


Coalition meetings will be posted soon and are held at the NC Institute of Medicine on Davis Drive, Morrisville from 1- 330 pm

Local Coalitions in NC include:

  • Dare County Falls Prevention Coalition
  • The Eastern North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition
  • High Country Regional Coalition
  • McDowell Balance
  • Metrolina Falls Prevention Coalition
  • Piedmont Area Falls Prevention Coalition
  • Region A Health Promotion Coalition
  • Western North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition
  • Yancey-Mitchell Community Fall Prevention

Click here to hear a Public Service Announcement from Buncombe County