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Stepping On fall prevention workshop begins Jan. 9 in Eagle River

January 03, 2020

Stepping On is a workshop offered in Eagle River by Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Vilas County. Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and various ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions, and a medication review.  

Stepping On is being offered by the ADRC of Vilas County starting Jan. 9, in Eagle River. Participants will view a display of falls prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, achieve better balance, and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group. 

The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.

“We are fortunate to have supportive community partners who volunteer their expertise to make this program effective for the older adults in our community” program coordinator Amie Rein said. 

For example a physical therapist will speak about strengthening and balance exercises. Other community partners will be a pharmacist, a vision expert, and a community safety specialist will be informing participants that falls are not a natural consequence of aging, falls can be prevented if you know the risks and how to manage them.

Enrollment for Stepping On is limited and pre-registration is required by Jan. 6. A suggested donation of $20 will help cover the learning materials. Call the ADRC at 715-479-3625 for more information and to register. 

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