TitleFeasibility of a brief community-based train-the-trainer lesson to reduce the risk of falls among community dwelling older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGunter, K, John, DH
JournalJournal of Extension
Date Published02/2014

The Better Balance, Better Bones, Better Bodies (B-Better©) program was developed to disseminate simple home-based strategies to prevent falls and improve functional health of older adults using a train-the-trainer model. Delivered by Family & Community Education Study Group program volunteers, the lesson stresses the importance of a physically active lifestyle to optimal health and promotes "best practice" strategies to prevent falls. Data from 235 program participants show participants gained knowledge and learned to reduce their risk of falls during this one-hour brief encounter. Over 80% reported intent to change behavior related to physical activity and to perform home safety checks.