Older Adult Safety and Fall Prevention

University of Michigan and MSU Extension Tai Chi Community Practice and Play - Register below! 

Join us for an opportunity to develop our skills in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. Come one day a week/twice a week/whenever you feel you need support in continuing your practice.   Only those who have attended University of Michigan and MSU Extension Tai Chi for Arthritis and/or Fall Prevention or certified instructors may register for this weekly practice. You may join either or both sessions in a given week.  

Request a Smart Driver, Smart Driver TEK, or Steps to Safety Class in your community by contacting Karla Klas ksklas@med.umich.edu

Upcoming classes and registration links:   Instructor Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP



Older adults are at higher risk for burn and trauma injuries.  Common causes of burn injuries are from cooking, bathing, drinking hot beverages, and eating.  Traumatic injuries commonly occur in older adults from falls and car crashes.  Contact us about available Tai Chi and other prevention education classes: traumaburn@umich.edu

What You Can Do To Prevent Falls (pdf)

Family Caregivers: Protect Your Loved Ones from Falling (pdf)





Resources on Older Adult Safety, Driving, and Fall Prevention


Talk to Your Doctor

  • Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might make you dizzy or sleepy. This should include prescription medicines and over-the counter medicines. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about taking vitamin D supplements.
  • Do Strength and Balance Exercises.
  • Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Tai Chi is a good example of this kind of exercise.