Stepping On

Stepping On

Become part of Stepping On - an exciting new fall prevention program aimed at seniors age 70 plus. Stepping On is a free community-based and interactive evidence-based falls prevention program aimed at educating participants and building confidence in order to reduce and/or eliminate falls. The Stepping On Program focuses on how strength and balancing exercises, medication management, home safety, footwear, vision and mobility are important in preventing falls. 

Physical Therapists, Occupation Therapists, Registered Nurses, Health Educators and/or other health care professionals with knowledge about falls prevention and experience working with older adults have partnered with the  Aging & Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore as it launches Stepping On in Manitowoc and Kewaunee County.   Stepping On will be offered to the communities at large and is geared toward seniors age 70 plus.  

Many older people have had a fall experience that has shaken their confidence and may have resulted in injury. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and to Stepping On confidently in the community. The prevention of falls is vital to maintaining personal independence.

· More than one third of adults 65 or over fall each year
· Among older adults falls are the leading cause of injury, hospital admissions for trauma and death.
· 35% of people who fall become less active.

The  Stepping On workshop meets for two hours a week for seven weeks.
Topics include:
· Simple and fun balance and strength training
· The role vision plays in keeping your balance.
· How medication can contribute to falls.
· Ways to stay safe when out and about in your community.
· What to look for in safe footwear.
· How to check your home for safety.

The program is led by a health professional and lay leader. Local guest experts also assist by providing information on exercise, vision, safety and medications.

 Any one who is: 
· 65 years or over
· Has had a fall in the past year
· Fearful of falling
· Living at home
· Not suffering from dementia

· Learn to step outside your home with confidence.
· Learn with people your own age.
· Become more aware of fall hazards and learn how your fall risk can be reduced.
· Study the most up-to-date information on falls prevention.
· Help others by sharing what has worked for you.

 “It’s made me more aware, just so much more aware. Of the buses, of my place. Of making it brighter inside, getting rid of leaves outside, of everything. 

“I’ve had some near falls but you have a quicker recovery and your muscles don’t collapse.”

“When I’m walking I still think, ‘lift your feet, walk heel-toe.” I have stopped falling outside! It has made me  more aware of the way I walk.”. 

CLASS LOCATIONS: See Calendar for Upcoming Classes or Call to Inquire about Classes Near You!