One in four older adults has a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wisconsin leads the nation in fall-related deaths for people age 60 and older. But the good news, falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. The Stepping On program, offered in Lake Mills by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Jefferson County, has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31% and will take place on Nov. 6 at Club 55, at the Rock Lake Activity Center from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
In just seven weekly, two-hour sessions, Stepping On gives participants strategies for avoiding falls including balance and strength exercises, home safety check suggestions, medication review, and more. Guest experts including a physical therapist and pharmacist and others visit over the course of the seven sessions providing falls prevention information and strategies for avoiding a fall. The workshop is designed specifically for people who age 60 or older and have fallen and have a fear of falling. Participants can expect to leave with more strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence.
To register for Stepping On, contact Leigh Fritter by Phone: 920-674-8134 or email Leighf@jeffersoncountywi.gov. the cost if free. Rock Lake Activity Center is located at 229 Fremont Street in Lake Mills.