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April 12, 2016

Stepping On

Stepping On is a free seven-week workshop using adult education to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help older adults prevent falls. In conjunction with the THRIVES (“Teaming for Health & Resiliency Improvement via Education and Support”).

Join this 7-week workshop where you’ll learn exercises and strategies to help prevent you from falling.  

What is Stepping On? Stepping On is a program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls in older people. It consists of a workshop that meets for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are led by a health professional and a peer leader – someone who, just like you, is concerned about falls. In addition, local guest experts provide information on exercise, vision, safety, and medications.  

Topics include:

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to keep from falling when out in your community
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • How to eliminate falls hazards from your home  

Is this workshop for you?

Stepping On is designed specifically for anyone who:

  • Is 65 or older
  • Has had a fall in the past year
  • Is fearful of falling
  • Lives at home
  • Does not have dementia    

About Falling
Falling is very common; it can result in injury and can shake your confidence. The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community. That’s why preventing falls is critical to maintaining independence. Did you know? More than one-third of people age 65 or older fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma and death among older adults. 35% of people who fall become less active. 40% of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days.  

Registration Information & Locations:

Heart of the Valley YMCA Tuesdays April 12-May 24th, 2016 1:00pm-3:00pm Registration Information: Please contact Nancy Krueger, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Aging and Disability Center at or (920) 740-9572.