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Unity and Mercy hospitals work to reduce falls in older adults

FRIDLEY, Minn. 02/19/2015

Falls are not a normal part of aging, yet one out of every three adults age 65 and older falls every year, and most have significant health and lifestyle consequences as a result.

Stepping On, a falls prevention program, will help participants identify why they fall, as well as the different ways to prevent falls, such as strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions, and a medication review. Participants will also be introduced to a display of falls prevention products.

The workshop is for people who have fallen, as well as for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, achieve better balance and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group.

The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls.

The seven-week workshop begins at Unity Hospital on April 6. Led by health care professionals, the workshop is appropriate for independent, older adults with a history of falls, at risk of falls or who have a fear of falls. The series is $10, and all workshops meet on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, or to register, call 763-236-3646.

2015 Workshops

Mondays, April 6th – May 18th, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Mondays, June 15th – July 27th, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Mondays, Sept. 14th – Oct. 26th, 10:00 a.m. - noon 

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