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Posted on: April 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] ADRC of Walworth County Offers Program to Reduce Falls in Older Adults

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four older adults has a fall each year, and Wisconsin leads the nation in fall-related deaths for people ages 60 and older. The good news is that falls are preventable. The Stepping On program, offered by the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), is a small group, community-based program that has been proven to reduce falls by 31 percent.

In seven weekly, two-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, visit throughout the seven sessions to provide information and strategies for avoiding a fall. The workshop is designed specifically for people who are age 60 or older, have fallen, and/or have a fear of falling.   Participants can expect to leave with improved strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence.

Stepping On will be held in the Walworth County room on Tuesdays (9 to 11 a.m.) from May 3 to June 14, 2022, at the Walworth County Health and Human Services building, 1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn. The workshop has a suggested donation of $10.  

For questions, or to register for the program, contact Chetney Blaszczyk RDN, CD at (262) 741-3309.

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