Falls & Otago Resources

General information on falls from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and information on the Otago Exercise Program.

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 this year are May 19th at the NC Institute of Medicine on Davis Drive, Morrisville from 1- 330 If you cannot attend feel free tocall in 919 962 2718 and August 18th tentatively scheduled for Asheville.  Final meeting of 2016 will be November 17th.

Contacts for Regional or Local Coalitions
  • 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 Announcementfrom Buncombe County

See the latest on falls prevention: Dr. Tiffany Shubert's comprehensive webcast

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.

Course Description Find out more about our newly revised self-paced online training 3 CEUs only $35.  The course is also expected to be recertified for 2 CCUs in 19 states by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy - Procert  A new short online course is being developed to show how the Otago exercises can be done as part of activities of daily living.  Over 3,300 PTs have completed our online training.

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

Click here for a FREE Let's Talk Otago webinar on the 2nd Wednesday 5pm Eastern.
Shubert, TE, Smith, ML, Jiang, L. Ory, M. Perceived and Actual Physical Performance Improvements from an In-Home Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults in Press for The Gerontologist