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 aged 60 and older. But the good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. The Stepping On program offered by the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31 percent.
In just 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. Local experts, including a physical therapist and pharmacist, visit over the course of the seven sessions to provide fall-prevention information and strategies. The workshop is designed specifically for people aged 60 or older who 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 Classroom ABCD on Thursdays, January 19 to March 2, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, W3985 County Road NN, in 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.