Why is Fall Prevention important?
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, one-third of adults over the age of 65 fall every year and 6% of those falls required hospitalization. Unfortunately, Wisconsin has one of the highest death rates caused by falls, but the good news is most falls can be prevented! If you are concerned about a loved one over the age of 60, who lives independently, please reach out to us, we would be glad to register them in an upcoming Stepping On (see below) workshop or provide resources on fall prevention techniques!
Fall Prevention for Older Adults
What is Stepping On?
Stepping On is a 7 week fall prevention program designed for individuals over the age of 60 who live independently. There will be a one 2-hour session per week. Each week every group member will set short term goals that focus on different aspects of fall prevention, with the help of trained leaders with different specialties. This program includes presentations from physical therapists, pharmacists, and other experts to give more insight on fall prevention.
Research shows the Stepping On program has successfully reduced falls by 31%!
Fewer falls could mean fewer injuries, fewer visits to the emergency room, and fewer adverse reactions caused by falls including death.
Is Stepping On for me?
Stepping On is designed for people over the age of 60 who live independently. If you live in a nursing home, use a walker or wheelchair, or have a cognitive impairment, please contact your primary care doctor for appropriate recommendations and assistance.
What will I learn from Stepping On?
- Fall prevention strategies
- Risk factors for falls in the home and out in the community
- How to do balance and strength exercises tailored for you by a physical therapist
- Determine the difference between safe and unsafe clothing and footwear
- Learn from a pharmacist how medications can play a role in falls
What will I be doing in Stepping On?
- Setting short term goals specific to your needs
- Building physical strength by completing weekly exercises with a physical therapist to maintain safety
- Reviewing common fall risk situations
- Meeting with a vision specialist to discuss how vision can play a role in falls
After the 7th week, celebrate your achievement! You will have all the knowledge and tools you will need to successfully decrease your chances of falling and remain healthy and independent!
For more information please contact us at the health department or visit the website .
Upcoming sessions are to be determined.