Stepping On: Building confidence, reducing falls

The Stepping On program builds confidence and empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. This community-based program provides a forum for gaining knowledge about safety practices, while allowing participants to assess their individual falls risk, and make decisions to reduce their risk of falling.


 
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CONTENT

The Stepping On program offers proven solutions to reduce falls. Each 7-week session is highly engaging.  In a small group setting, older adults can expect to take part in open dialog about falls prevention strategies. Participants will be introduced to a series of strength and balance exercises which have been shown to reduce falls.  An exercise manual is provided to each participant. Stepping On covers a wide range of topics to include: coping after a fall, home hazards and modifications, improving strength and balance, safe footwear, vision and falls, community safety and mobility, bone health, and medication review.

TIME

Program sessions take place 1x/week for seven weeks. Each session is 2 hours in length. Classes are facilitated by a pair of trained leaders.

AUDIENCE

Stepping On is for anyone who:

  • Is 60 years or older
  • Has had a fall or is fearful of falling
  • Is living independently in a home or an apartment
  • Walks independently, walks with a cane, or uses a walker occasionally
  • Is cognitively aware

VERSIONS

Only available in English

COST

$20.00 per participant for the entire 7-week program