Fall Prevention Programs in Northern California

People with Parkinson's are at high risk of falling due to problems with balance, rigidity, and slowness of movement -- the primary motor symptoms of PD.

Many fall prevention programs are at hospitals or senior centers. If you don't see a fall prevention program near you in the list below, please contact a local hospital or senior center. Also check out our list of PD-specific exercise classes in the Bay Area.


Bay Area

Belmont - A Matter of Balance

Twin Pines Senior Center, 20 Twin Pines Lane

Contact: Cheri Handley, recreation supervisor, Twin Pines Senior Center, 650-595-7445

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through collaborative effort of Stanford Health Care and Sequoia Hospital
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Burlingame - A Matter of Balance

Mills Peninsula Health Services, 1051 Trousdale

Contact: Mills Peninsula Health Services, 650-696-4310. Advance registration required.

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Pre-class assessment required
  • Class held occasionally
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free with commitment to attend all sessions

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Contra Costa County - Fall Prevention Program

In-home

 Contact: MOW SOS, 925-937-8311

Notes:

In home


Los Altos - A Matter of Balance

Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

 Contact: Los Altos Senior Center, 650-947-2894

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through Stanford Health Care Trauma Service
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Menlo Park - A Matter of Balance

Little House, 800 Middle Ave.

 Contact: Little House, 650-326-2025

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through collaborative effort of Stanford Health Care and Sequoia Hospital
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Menlo Park - A Matter of Balance

Menlo Park Senior Center

 Contact: Menlo Park Senior Center, 650-330-2280

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through collaborative effort of Stanford Health Care and Sequoia Hospital
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Mountain View - A Matter of Balance

El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Rd.

 Contact: El Camino YMCA, 650-969-9622

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through Stanford Health Care Trauma Service
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Mountain View - A Matter of Balance

Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

 Contact: Tyler Phillips, recreation coordinator, Mountain View Senior Center, 650-903-6442. Register at senior center front desk.

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through Stanford Health Care Trauma Service
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Napa County - Stop Falls Napa County

Various locations throughout county

 Contact: Napa County, 707-255-5328

Notes:

  • Coordinates balance screening, home safety inspections, and referrals to exercise programs

Fees based on ability to pay


Oakland - Fall Risk Screening

Alta Bates Summit Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy Clinic, 5700 Telegraph Ave.

 Contact: Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy Clinic, Reservations 510-204-1788 (option 2). Information, 510-204-1756

Notes:

  • Assess risk of falling, learn exercises, receive recommendations for further actions, and identify other resources.
  • Free

1-hour screening offered Thursdays only, 1:45pm or 2:15pm


Oakland - Balance Class

Alta Bates Summit Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy Clinic, 5700 Telegraph Ave.

 Contact: Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy Clinic, Information 510-204-1756

Notes:

  • Drop in -- no need to RSVP
  • Learn or practice exercises to improve or maintain balance
  • $80 for 10 sessions, or $10/class

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm


Oakland - Better Balance & Pilates Class

Kaiser, 3900 Broadway, Bldg A, Room 212

 Contact: Pre-register with Kaiser Behavioral Education, Paul or Linda, 510-752-7868. Pre-registration required. Information: Ernie Adams, GCFP, instructor, 510-619-9223.

Notes:

  • 1 hour/week for 8 weeks, limited to 4-10 participants. One hour private session to be scheduled.
  • Develop skills to improve balance, prevent falls, and learn to fall in "softer" way.
  • $55 Kaiser members or $80 non-members

Wednesdays 11:15am-12:15pm


Palo Alto - A Matter of Balance

Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd.

 Contact: Palo Alto Family Y, 650-856-9622

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through Stanford Health Care Trauma Service
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


Redwood City - A Matter of Balance

Sequoia Hospital Health & Wellness Center, 749 Brewster Ave.

 Contact: Leticia Rolon, Sequoia Health & Wellness Center, 650-367-5998

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through collaborative effort of Stanford Health Care and Sequoia Hospital
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


San Carlos - A Matter of Balance

San Carlos Community Center, 601 Chestnut St.

 Contact: San Carlos Community Center, 650-802-4384

Notes:

  • Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. View falls as controllable. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through collaborative effort of Stanford Health Care and Sequoia Hospital
  • Open to seniors 60 years+
  • Free

2 hours/week for 8 weeks


San Francisco - "Always Active" Fall Prevention Class

Locations throughout San Francisco

 Contact: Luz Villanueva, 415-550-2265 or Sue Mittelman, 415-923-4482

Notes:

  • Exercise to improve balance and strength, and to lower risk of falls
  • Must be at least 65 years old and must be able to walk at least 30 feet without a wheeled walker
  • Classes held three times each year

1 hour, twice weekly for 12 weeks


San Francisco - Maintain Your Balance Lecture

California Pacific Medical Center, Davies Campus, Level B Auditorium

 Contact: Michelle Spicher, DPT, CPMC Physical Therapy Dept.

Notes:

  • Online registration
  • Suggested $10 donation
  • Offered annually (usually September)

2-hour interactive workshop led by physical therapist


San Jose - A Matter of Balance

Eastside Neighborhood Center, 2150 Alum Rock Ave.

 Contact: Milton Cadena, Eastside Neighborhood Center - Catholic Charities, 408-251-0215

Notes:

  • 16 classes
  • Emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Learn to change environment to reduce fall risk. Exercise to increase strength and balance.

Class held occasionally


San Jose - Matter of Balance Program

Portuguese Center, 1115 E. Santa Clara St.

 Contact: Mary Sousa, 408-293-0877

Notes:

  • How to maintain balance, prevent falls, and improve health and security
  • Pre-registration required

Wednesdays, 1-3pm


San Jose - Matter of Balance Class

Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service, 588 N. Fourth St.

 Contact: Julie, 408-294-2505 ext. 12

Notes:

  • Emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Learn to change environment to reduce fall risk. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class held occasionally
  • $20. Scholarships available.

2 hours/week for 4 weeks


Sonoma County - Fall Prevention Program

Various locations throughout Sonoma County

 Contact: Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, 800-510-2020

Notes:

  • Matter of Balance classes offered

Suggested fee is $20/class


Stanford area - San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties - Farewell to Falls

In your home

 Contact: Ellen Corman, Stanford University Hospital & Clinics Farewell to Falls, 650-724-9369

Notes:

  • Age 65+ years
  • Requires willingness to follow 30-minute exercise regimen
  • Must live in independent living situation
  • Free

2 home visits by an OT for assessment, medication review, home safety survey, fall reduction suggestions and exercise demonstration


Sunnyvale - A Matter of Balance

Sunnyvale Senior Center, 500 E. Remington Dr.

 Contact: Gerard Manuel, 408-730-7365

Notes:

  • Emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Learn to change environment to reduce fall risk. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally through Stanford Health Care Trauma Service
  • Free

Twice weekly for 4 weeks


Sunnyvale - Gait & Balance Classes

The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave.

 Contact: Gloria, The Parkinson's Institute, 408-734-2800

Notes:

  • Intermediate class: Wednesdays noon- 1pm; for those who need assistance to stand or walk
  • Intensive class: Wednesdays 10:30am-noon; for those not requiring assistance
  • 90-min exercise with trainer Jennifer Larsen
  • $12/class or 10-class pass for $100. Cash or check accepted.

Beginner class: Thursdays 10:30am-noon; for those who need assistance to stand or walk


Outside Bay Area

Ceres - A Matter of Balance

Ceres Community Center, 2791 4th St.

 Contact: Kim Viviano, master trainer, Healthy Aging Association, 209-523-2800

Notes:

  • Emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Learn to change environment to reduce fall risk. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally
  • Free

Two hours/week for 8 weeks


Davis - Gaining Balance Workshops

Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

 Contact: Lisa DeAmicis, Davis Senior Center, 530-757-5696

Notes:

  • Workshops offered quarterly
  • $40 for residents, $44 non-residents

One hour/week for 4 weeks


Davis - Balance Assessment

Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

 Contact: Reservations and Information, 530-757-5696

Offered every September and October


Merced County - Fall Prevention Program

Living Well Cafe locations in Dos Palos, Los Banos, Merced, and Planada

 Contact: Merced County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, 209-385-7550

Notes: 

  • Free

 

Classes held occasionally


Modesto - A Matter of Balance

Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St.

 Contact: Kim Viviano, master trainer, Healthy Aging Association, 209-523-2800

Notes: 

  • Emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Learn to change environment to reduce fall risk. Exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • Class offered occasionally
  • Free

Two hours/week for 8 weeks