Falls prevention

Falls Prevention Workshop – Reduces Falls by 31%!


 

Falling is very common; it can result in injury and can shake your confidence.  The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community.  In fact, more than one-third of all people age 65 and older fall each year.  Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalizations for trauma and death among older adults.  People who fall become less active, and with less activity comes loss of strength.  Lastly, about 40% of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days. That’s why preventing falls is critical to maintaining independence.   That is also why the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is offering Stepping On, a falls prevention workshop.

 

Stepping On’s main goal is to empower older adults who have fallen or who have a fear of falling to recognize and carry out health behaviors that reduce their risk of falls.  The program is designed to assist older adults to take control of their falls risk, explore different coping behaviors and encourage follow-through of safety strategies in everyday life.

 

The program is offered in a two-hour session once a week for seven weeks, followed by a home visit or phone call to each participant after the seven sessions, and a booster session three months later.  Classes are usually 10 to 15 older adults who have fallen or worry about falling.  Stepping On Leaders invite volunteer Guest Experts in content areas of exercise, vision, medications, and community safety to lead segments within different sessions.

 

Topics covered in weekly sessions:

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to keep from falling when out and about in the community
  • What to look for in safe shoes
  • How to eliminate falls hazards in your own home

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This program is designed for:

  • Anyone age 65 or older who has fallen in the past year
  • Adults fearful of falling
  • Adults living in own home or apartment
  • Adults cognitively intact
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Keeping You Informed

Stepping On classes happen regularly throughout the communities in Green County.  To stay up-to-date, you can check out our Events Calendar by clicking HERE, get updates delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing HERE, or call the Aging & Disability Resource Center office at 608-328-9499.

 

 


Additional Resources


 

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging – WIHA is the permanent home for several community-based workshops that promote healthy aging and healthy living like Healthy Living with Diabetes.

 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services – DHS collaborates with the UW Health Falls Clinic to provide information about injuries associated with unintentional falls and best practices in fall prevention.

 

Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries (STEADI) toolkit – full of falls risks assessments, basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters and educational handouts.

 

Preventing Falls: How to Develop Community-based Falls Prevention Programs for Older Adults – for the development of community-based fall prevention programs for older adults, a ‘how-to’ guide.

 

 


 In the News


 

Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Traffic Deaths and Car Accidents – AARP

Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation – NYTimes.com

A Tiny Stumble, a Life Upended – NYTimes.com

Steps to Avoid an Accident – NYTimes.com