Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. It is a community-based workshop oﬀered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-eﬃcacy principles. In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance exercises and develop speciﬁc knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Older adults who should attend are those who: a) are at risk of falling, b) have a fear of falling, or c) who have fallen one or more times. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one who is a professional who works with older adults, and one an older adult who meets the criteria for the class.
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it eﬀective. Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build the participants’ conﬁdence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulﬁlling lives.
Subjects covered include:
Improving balance and strength, home modiﬁcations, community safety, vision, medication review, safe footwear, sleep.
Laura Nyquist, MS/OTR, CHT & Lee Clay, Prevention Health Strategies
Friday September 7-October 19
Room / Area:
FCCU Community Room