Health Department to offer “Stepping On” ClassShare This +
Do you have a friend or relative who has fallen? Have you fallen yourself? If so, you’re not alone. Each year in the US, more than 1.6 million adults age 65 and older go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries. That’s more than one in three people age 65 and older who fall each year. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths
Even if you haven’t fallen, the fear of falling becomes more common as people get older. This fear may lead older people to limit or avoid activities such as walking, shopping, or socializing. Unfortunately, this reduced mobility and physical fitness can actually increase the risk of falling.
Stay Independent!! Don’t let the fear of falling rule your life. There are many things that can help reduce the risk of falling.
The Oak Creek Health Department hosts the Fall Prevention Program “Stepping On”. “Stepping On” is a research-based program to reduce falls and increase fall awareness. This is a 2 hour, 7 week session which offers older adults a way of reducing falls and at the same time increasing self confidence in situations where they are at risk of falling. Classes will be held throughout the year. Call the health department for more information. 414-766-7950.