The Otago Program
The Otago Exercise Program (Otago) is an individually-tailored balance and strength fall prevention program that is delivered by a physical therapist over the course of 52 weeks. This program entails that physical therapists have a minimum of seven visits with a patient to assess, prescribe, and monitor progress as well as monthly phone calls when there is not a visit over the course of one year.
Otago includes a series of 17 strength and balance exercises that reduces falls between 35% and 40% for frail older adults. The program also includes a walking program.
Who Leads an Otago Class?
Otago was designed for delivery by a physical therapist and/or a physical therapy assistant. An online training course is available that includes the research evidence and rationale for the program, and gives clear guidelines for delivery, including how to conduct and prescribe each exercise.
Establish Otago in your Community
We are here to make setting up the Otago Exercise Program at your organization a very straight-forward process. Through the grant, we have several resources available.
If you do not have a trained leader at your organization, we may be able to make arrangements to provide them for you.