Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health

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Toolkit Summary

This toolkit contains materials to increase knowledge among professionals and the public about falls, factors that contribute to increased risk, and strategies that can be used by both professionals and the public to reduce fall risk. These materials are free to be used by anyone. This toolkit is the result of the collaborations of many individuals and organizations in South Dakota. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this toolkit possible.

If you would like to participate in the South Dakota Falls Prevention Coalition, please send an email to

Download the Toolkit (PDF)

Toolkit Elements

Governor's Proclamation - 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019

South Dakota Falls Prevention Coalition Goals

South Dakota Falls Prevention Coalition By-Laws

SDSU Extension Falls Prevention YouTube Videos playlist

Five at-home exercise to reduce fall risk videos series highlights simple exercises that can be done at home to help strengthen their body. Research shows that body weakness is a leading cause of falls.

Falls are not a "normal" part of getting older. Yet, falls are the leading cause of avoidable injury in South Dakota among adults age 85 and older. There are ways to reduce the risk of a fall in your family. This video will provide an overview about the impact of falls in South Dakota and ways to prevent a fall from happening to you. Visit the SDSU Extension YouTube channel to view, 'What Can You Do to Prevent Falls?'

STEADI Handouts developed by the Centers for Disease Control

Personal stories and testimonials

Experiencing a fall is a life-changing event. The Great Plains Quality Improvement website is home to personal stories of people who have fallen.

Marketing/Awareness Materials

  • Article/blog that can be placed in local papers, organizational newsletters, email lists, etc. | Word Document

  • Social media campaign materials | Word Document

  • Flyers that can be shared at church or distribute through meal delivery programs | PDF Document

  • Signage that medical providers can post in their clinic that encourages anyone who has fallen to report their fall to their doctor | PDF Document

Community-Based Fall Prevention Programs

Stand Strong: Fall Prevention Programs
Classes available for varying levels of physical ability, locations may vary
Call Sanford Health at 605-333-4440 or click on the links below – course descriptions and registration available online

  • BINGOCIZE® - Call 605-333-4440 for more information or to start a group

Fit & Strong! Is a strength training, exercise program offered by South Dakota State University Extension that improves lower body strength to help reduce the risk of falls. In-person or virtual workshops available, each workshop is offered for 8 or 12 weeks.

Interested in Becoming a Coach for a Class?

 Stand Strong: Fall Prevention Programs

  • Matter of Balance and Bingocize class are led by trained lay leaders. What does this mean? You do not have to be healthcare provider to receive the Coaches training.

    • What do you need to be a coach?

      • Good communication and interpersonal skills

      • Enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults (8-12 people)

      • Ability to lead low to moderate level exercise

  • Interested in leading SAIL at your organization? SAIL Leader training is available to fitness, exercise science or healthcare professionals

  • Call 605-339-7295 to learn more and find out about upcoming classes.

  • Cost – FREE!

Fit & Strong! workshops are led by instructors trained by SDSU Extension Fit & Strong! Master Trainers. The training includes a 5-hour self-paced online course and a 4-hour Zoom training. Contact Nikki Prosch to learn more about becoming an instructor by calling 605-688-6409 or emailing her at You can also register for the next training here:

Additional Resources

  • The AGS Beers Criteria® includes lists of certain medications worth discussing with health professionals because they may not be the safest or most appropriate options for older adults. To learn more, please visit the Geriatrics Healthcare Professionals website.

  • Deprescribing is a website to share and exchange information about approaches to reduce the number of medications older adults are prescribe. To learn more, please visit the Deprescribing website.

  • Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries (STEADI) is an initiative created by the Centers for Disease Control for healthcare providers who treat older adults who are at risk of falling, or may have fallen in the past. To learn more, please visit the STEADI website.

  • The National Council on Aging has a Falls Prevention Awareness Week toolkit available on their website. To learn more, please visit the National Council on Aging website.

  • Good & Healthy South Dakota, your one-stop overview of all the ways the office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is working to meet the needs of all South Dakotans at home, school, work, healthcare facilities, and in communities and reservations. To learn more, please visit Good and Healthy South Dakota.

  • Removing Stumbling Blocks to Prevent Falls - A simple stumble or slip can result in a serious injury or even death. Individuals 65 and older are at a higher risk for injury from a fall, which most often happens at home or at a residential care facility. Encouraging participation in evidence-based programs can help prevent a fall by increasing balance and strength, while also improving quality of life.
  • Back to Basics: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Fall Reduction - One in four Americans 65 and older report a fall each year. Hospital systems are taking steps to address falls in the communities they serve. On September 22nd at noon CT, Laura Holland, CNA and Christina Zweber, MSN, RN described the evolution of a multidisciplinary Mobility Committee at Monument and statewide resources available for professionals interested in fall prevention among older adults. #PreventFallsSD

  • Pathways to Preventing Falls Among Older Adults - Falls among older adults are the leading cause of preventable injury. Strategies are known to reduce the prevalence of falls among older adults. These strategies include referral pathways and evidence-based tools (programs and assessments). This webinar will describe existing efforts to reduce falls in the Dakotas. It will close with an exploratory discussion about opportunities to develop a referral pathway to increase the utilization of evidence-based tools and progress-monitoring tools.

List of organizations affiliated with the South Dakota Falls Prevention Website

  1. AARP South Dakota
  2. Active Generations
  3. American Physical Therapy Association - South Dakota Chapter
  4. Avera McKennan Hospital
  5. Avera St. Luke's Hospital Aberdeen
  6. Countryside Living
  7. Faulkton Area Medical Center
  8. For Life Physical Therapy
  9. FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers
  10. Good Samaritan Society
  11. Goodcare AtHome Rehab
  12. Goodcare, LLC
  13. Great Plains Quality Innovation Network
  14. Health Connect of South Dakota
  15. Kore Cares
  16. Life Physical Therapy
  17. Madison Regional Health Systems
  18. Menno-Olivet Care Center
  19. Monument Health
  20. Rapid City Fire Department
  21. Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center
  22. Sanford USD Medical Center
  23. Senior Companions of South Dakota
  24. South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations
  25. South Dakota Chiropractors Association
  26. South Dakota Department of Health
  27. South Dakota Department of Human Services
  28. South Dakota Emergency Nurses Association
  29. South Dakota Fire and Life Safety Committee
  30. South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association
  31. South Dakota State University Extension
  32. South Dakota Health Care Association
  33. United Living Community
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