Improving health options for aging populations

Making evidence-based health promotion programs widely available throughout Santa Clara County for all older adults.



Falls Prevention Programs - SVHAPIf you are interested in having a FREE falls prevention presentation at your site, please click here to fill out the request form.

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EnhanceFitness ClassesSVHAP has been highlighted in the latest Enhance Fitness newsletter.  Click here to go to the Enhance Fitness homepage.  You can then download the newsletter on the right side of Read more

Matter of Balance ClassesThe Matter of Balance program emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels for seniors. Program participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable.  Coaches Read more

Better Choice, Better Health CDSM ProgramBetter Choices, Better Health is a chronic disease self management program.  BCBH gives people living with a chronic condition the tools to live healthier and more independent lives by taking charge of their health and wellness.  Read more

Upcoming Events

Webinar - How To Prevent Falls in Aging Adults

December 17,2014
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worried about falls in an aging adult?

In this webinar, geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan will discuss practical approaches that you can take, to help an older person reduce the chance of a serious fall.

What You’ll Learn

* The three types of risk factors – personal, environmental, and triggers — that you can work on reducing

* Which often-used medications increase falls

* How to identify common medical problems that increase fall risk

* A three-step process you can use to reduce falls

* The five practical approaches that Dr. Kernisan uses the most, to reduce falls

* How to personalize your fall prevention plan, and identify the factors that are most important for your family to try to change.


COST: $15

*Please purchase ticket at least 24 hours before this webinar. You have the option to register to view it live OR as a recording. CEU’s are available through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (MFTs, LCSWs, Ed. Psychologists, & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors).

Click HERE  to register.

If you have any questions please contact the Education Coordinator at or 800-445-8106, ext. 313. Thank you!


Speaker Bio:

Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, is a practicing geriatrician and the founder of , a website providing geriatrics health education to family caregivers.

Dr. Kernisan began writing about health and aging for family caregivers in 2008, while researching better primary care for older adults. She was a Senior Medical Editor for from 2009-2013, and then launched her own geriatrics health education blog in 2013. Through her health education work, Dr. Kernisan helps families navigate common pitfalls in healthcare for aging adults, and she offers practical tips to improve the health and wellbeing of older loved ones.

Dr. Kernisan completed her Internal Medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at UCSF, and is a Clinical Instructor in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Her scholarly work has been published in JAMA and in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

  • Program Participant

    “My cholesterol levels have fallen- but I haven’t!”

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    I tried to change arrangements of throw carpet/mat. Be more alert when walking. Try to slow down everywhere possible.

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    • Matter of Balance Program Participant

    I do the exercises every day. I think of the consequences of behaviors i. e. moving too fast. I have shared information on the class with friends. The class has been most helpful.

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    • Matter of Balance Program Participant

    More determined to schedule exercise into my days. Exercise workbook easy to follow. Followed ideas suggested by members of class.