Older adults can gain confidence and reduce falls by taking part in a seven-week workshop at Tomah Memorial Hospital. Coordinated by the Monroe County Health Dept., the program called “Stepping On” will be held Mondays from May 15 – July 3 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. (There will be no class Memorial Day, May 29). Officials say the program is designed for adults 60 and older, who live in their own homes or apartments and for the most part, do not rely on a walker, scooter, or wheelchair while indoors.
Falls can be physically, financially, and emotionally devastating. Fear of falling often limits older adults and results in reduced mobility and isolation. “The good news,” says Kayleigh Day, Community Health Educator, Monroe County Health Department, “is that people can learn how to prevent falls and can make the changes they need in their lives to reduce their risk. The Stepping On workshops are a wonderful complement to medical care, equipping older adults to take control of their lives and make the changes in their home and lifestyle to reduce their risk.”
In 2014, Monroe County recorded 167 hospitalizations due to falls, the leading cause of injury related hospitalizations for the county that year. Nationally, one in every three adults over age 65 falls every year; however, falling is not a normal part of aging for older adults.
To register, contact Tomah Memorial Hospital Community Health Educator Whitney Sanjari at 608-374-0211. Registration fee is $10 and is limited to 20 participants. Registration deadline is May 11.
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