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February 18, 2020

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Stepping On fall prevention workshop begins Jan. 9

A "Stepping On" workshop is being offered by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Vilas County starting Jan. 9.

According to a press release announcing the class, it is designed to help participants identify why they fall and teach them various ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions, and a medication review.

"Participants will view a display of falls prevention products," the release states. "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. Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls, the release states.

"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.

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 to register.





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