Falls prevention workshop scheduled

Falls prevention workshop scheduled

One-in-four older adults has a fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the good news, according to the Falls Prevention Program of Holmes, Wayne & Ashland, under the direction of the Holmes County General Health District, is falls are not a natural part of aging and can be prevented.

The Stepping On program, offered in Millersburg by the Falls Prevention Program of Holmes, Wayne & Ashland, has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31% and will take place Mondays beginning June 10 from 1-3 p.m. and run through July 22 at Faith Lutheran Church, 187 S. Clay St., Millersburg.

In 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, pharmacist and others will 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 are age 60 or older and have fallen and/or 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, call Kerry MacQueen at the Holmes County General Health District at 330-674-5035 ext. 251.

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