One in four older adults has a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin leads the nation in fall-related deaths for people age 60 and older. But the good news, according to Harrison County Hospital, is that falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. The Stepping On program, offered by Harrison County Hospital and the Harrison County Health Department, has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31%.
In just 7 weekly, 2-hour sessions, Stepping On gives participants strategies for avoiding falls including balance and strength exercises, home safety check suggestions, medication review, and more. Guest experts including a physical therapist and pharmacist and others visit over the course of the seven sessions providing falls prevention information and strategies for avoiding a fall. The workshop is designed specifically for people who age 60 or older and have fallen and have a fear of falling. Participants can expect to leave with more strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence.
Class size is limited and the Stepping on Program is offered at no cost to the community. To register for a future Stepping On program, contact the Access Center at 812-734-3100.