As people age, their functioning may be diminished if illness, chronic disease or injury limits physical and/or mental abilities. Changes in functional limitation rates have important implications for work and retirement policies, health and long-term care needs, and the social well-being of the older population.

The 4-Stage Balance Test

April 16, 2015

A tool to assess a client’s mobility and risk of falls, based on his or her ability to hold four progressively more challenging positions.

The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test

April 16, 2015

A tool for using the Timed Up and Go test to assess a person’s mobility. The Timed Up and Go test (TUG) is a simple test used to assess a person’s mobility based on the time that a person takes to rise from a chair, walk three meters, turn around, walk back to the chair,… Read more »

The 30-Second Chair Stand Test

April 16, 2015

A tool for assessing a client’s mobility and risk of falls. The 30-Second Chair Stand Test helps assess a person’s lower body (particularly leg) strength. This is associated with the ability to perform lifestyle tasks such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of a vehicle or bath.

State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Falls Prevention

April 16, 2015

State and local falls prevention coalitions have long understood the need for advocacy. But making a real impact on falls and fall-related injuries and deaths demands momentum and effective partnerships. To effect change, we must organize and maximize community assets and resources and institutionalize innovative policies and practices within states, communities, and organizations. This State… Read more »

Falls Free Initiative

April 16, 2015

The Falls Free Initiative is a national effort led by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults. The initiative includes a National Action Plan; National Coalition; State Coalitions on Fall Prevention Workgroup with 42 state members; numerous advocacy, awareness,… Read more »

My Plate (

April 16, 2015

The USDA created MyPlate to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be active every day.  The MyPlate website illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet, and provides tips, resources and interactive tools for weight management, physical activity and meal planning.

Building Strong Seniors and Powerful Programs!

April 16, 2015

This video provides an overview of Mecosta County Senior Center’s project which builds on healthy living practices and reinforces the principles of linking together good nutrition and daily activities that promote positive motion.


April 16, 2015

When someone has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. Depression causes pain for both the person with depression and those who care about him or her. This web site covers multiple topics related to depression among the elderly.

Falls – Older Adults

April 16, 2015

We want a society where older adults can live safe, healthy and independent lives. While falls are a threat to the health and independence of older adults and can significantly limit their ability to remain self-sufficient, the opportunity to reduce falls among older adults has never been better. This website provides fact sheets, data and… Read more »

Depression in Older Adults

April 16, 2015

Depression is a common problem among older adults. Studies have found that about 15% of those over age 65 experience symptoms of depression that cause them distress and make it hard for them to function. In late life, depression affects primarily those with medical illnesses. Depression not only makes a person feel physically ill, but… Read more »

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults

April 16, 2015

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults is designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds participating in or eligible for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) nutrition assistance programs. The intervention is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2005 version) and MyPyramid, as well as a… Read more »

AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise

April 17, 2015

The AARP Bulletin commissioned a nationwide survey in November 2011 to assess the level of physical activity among adults age 45 and older. Respondents were asked about their current level of physical activity, their favority type of physical activity, time spent exercising per week, and if they are more or less physically active than they… Read more »