Welcome to the New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force!


September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month

Below is a video of Sandy's Story, a participant in Memorial Hospital's A Matter of Balance program, and how the program helped her regain her ability to do the activities she loves.


Below are the Falls Prevention Awareness Month activities happening throughout the state of New Hampshire

Southern NH Medical Center

Date: Celebrating Falls Prevention/Awareness Monday 9/20-9/24/2018
Time: Throughout the week.
Location:  West Campus SNHMC. 29 Northwest Blvd Nashua NH
Title of Event and Brief Description:
We will have bulletin boards in our Cardiopulmonary rehab department and a poster in the lobby of the building. We will promote our classes to our cardiopulmonary rehab pts and have balance games/challenges for them to participate in that week.
Contact Information: Kelly Yellick, MSEP and Susan Carroll BSEP 603-577-5737


RSVP Volunteer Center (a program of Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.)

Date: Saturday September 22, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  Speare Memorial Hospital, 103 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth NH
Title of Event and Brief Description:
Senior Resource Fair
RSVP Bone Builders & A Matter of Balance display, participant outreach and volunteer recruitment, plus Falls Awareness handouts.
Contact Information: Teresa Volta, RSVP Program Director 603-448-1825 or


Brought to you by members of the Community Health Council including Memorial Hospital, Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County, and the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Date: Friday, September 21st
Time: 11:30 AM-2PM
Location:  The Gibson Center, 14 Grove Street, North Conway, NH 03860
Title of Event and Brief Description:
National Fall’s Prevention Awareness Day
There will be opportunities to test ones balance, vision, hearing, and blood pressure, as well as information about nutrition, house safety, exercise classes, and informational sheets.  Meet instructors, get a free massage, and a gift!
Contact Information: Jill Reynolds; 603-356-3231;


Concord Hospital Rehab services in conjunction with Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association 

Dates, Times and Locations:
Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten Street, Allenstown
Thursday, September 20 9 – 10:30 AM
GoodLife Programs and Activities, 254 N. State Street, Concord
Friday, September 21 12 – 1:30 PM
Boscawen Town Hall, 12 High Street, Boscawen
Monday, September 24 10 – 11:30 AM
White Birch Center, 51 Hall Avenue, Henniker
Wednesday, September 26 1 – 2:30 PM
Reserve a time for your balance screening by calling 1-800-924-8620, ext. 5815.
Walk-ins are welcome and will be screened on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Title of Event and Brief Description:
Balance screening including individualized discussion on how you can reduce your falls risk. Screening to take place in a variety of locations on different dates (see above)
Contact Information: CRVNA 1-800-924-8620 ext. 5815


St. Joseph Community Services, Inc.

Date: September 21, 2018
Title of Event and Brief Description:
In the spirit of Falls Prevention Awareness month St. Joseph Community Services in launching two new A Matter of Balance classes in the month of September. On Friday, September 21st   we are hosting a Project Council event for community diners and grateful to have Mary MacCaffrie, M.Ed, Public Education Administrator at the Office of the State Fire Marshal present: Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.
Contact Information: Elida Gagne:


Department of Safety, Fire Marshal’s Office, Public Education Division

Date: All September
Title of Event and Brief Description:  
How to Prevent Falls for older adults are placemats provided by the Department of Safety to several agencies around New Hampshire who serve meals to the senior residents of the state.  The placemats depict the 8 key safety messages of falls prevention as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Remembering When™ program.  The program has adopted a nostalgia theme that has safety messages presented through discussion, trivia games, and songs.   It helps older adults learn strategies to live safely at home for as long as possible.  The pdf version of the placemats are provided on the Falls Task Force website.
Contact Information: Mary MacCaffrie, Public Education Specialist  


Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging

Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, level 4 Parking Garage entrance
Title of Event and Brief Description:
Balance Screen and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® Demonstration
 We will host a falls prevention information table including the “Safe House” model and conduct brief individual balance screens and provide recommendations to reduce fall risk. At 12:15, members of our Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® exercise class will perform a 15 minute demonstration highlighting program components.
Contact Information: Dawna Pidgeon,, 603-653-3483

Dartmouth Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, NH
Title of Event and Brief Description:
Ready, Steady, Balance
Join us on September 27 to learn about falls prevention, home safety, and to receive your own personal balance screening. Members of our Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® class will also provide a demonstration of class exercises and be available to answer questions.
Contact Information: (603) 653-3460 or;
Program registration link:


YMCA of Greater Londonderry

Date: September 13 and 17, Time 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Date: September 24 and 28, Time 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Location:  206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, NH
Title of Event and Brief Description (50 words or less):
Join us for an individualized Balance Screen and to learn about fall prevention strategies and a new class, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® starting in October. No appointment needed, screens last 10-15 minutes.  Screening is free to YMCA and Community members.
Contact Information:  Cindy Lafond,, 603-232-8650


Below please find an Updated Issue Brief from the National Council on Aging has been issued for New Hampshire, as well as a falls prevention placemat:

How to Prevent Falls Place mat

NCOA Falls Prevention Issue Brief 2018

The NH Falls Risk Reduction Task Force meets the first Tuesday of each month from 9:00am - 11:00 am. All are welcome to participate in this meeting.