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Falls Prevention from Safe Communities


Falls are NOT a normal part of aging.

Many falls can be prevented.

Studies show that the risk of falling, particularly as we age, can be decreased by following suggestions and clinical practices explained in this portion of the website.

Take Steps to Prevent Falls and Stay Independent

Thanks to the efforts of Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force members and partner organizations, resources are available Dane County to help older adults stay safe and independent.

This webpage, divided into two sections - one for older adults and their friends, family and advocates; the other for health care providers -  is meant to make your search for ideas and services easier.

Resources are available for older adults, friends, family, advocates, and health care providers in Dane County to help older adults stay safe and be independent.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have questions about the ways that falls can affect you or someone you know. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed informatoin to answer frequently asked questions about falls. Click the links below to read more.

Falls Are A Major Threat (PDF)

Risk Factors For Falls (PDF) 

What You Can Do To Prevent A Fall (PDF)


Click the buttons below to find falls prevention resources in Dane County. 

Programs for Health Care ProvidersPrograms for the Community

If you have information to provide us about a class or resource you would like to see posted to our website, please click the 'Submit A Resource' button below and the details will be sent to our office for consideration. Thank you!

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Falls Prevention Task Force

Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force members and their organizations make this work possible!

Andy Kosseff, MD, Chair, Falls Prevention Task Force

Safe Communities Staff:
Cheryl Wittke, Executive Director

Ashley Hillman, Health Promotion Program Manager 

Representatives from the following organizations comprise the Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force:

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County
Agrace Hospice
Catholic Charities
Dane County Medical Society Board of Trustees
Dean Health Systems
Faith in Action of African American Council of Churches
North/Eastside Senior Coalition
Park Glen Apartments
SAIL (Supporting Active Independent Lives)
Safe Communities Madison-Dane County
UnityPoint Health-Meriter
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine
University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Program
Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
Yahara Therapy, LLC