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Jan 05, 2012 | 1732 views | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Has a past fall shaken your confidence? Is a threat of a fall a barrier to doing the things you want to do? Do you have a fear of falling? Perhaps you want to learn new exercises to help prevent falls from happening in your future. Davis County Health Department’s Senior Services is offering an evidenced-based workshop called Stepping On.

Stepping On is a self-confidence building, behavior changing program aimed at helping people sixty and over with fall prevention. The workshop is presented in a group setting for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks to help you prevent falls by:

• Providing strength and balance exercises in every class session

• Home safety check sug- gestions

• Partnering with health

professionals such as physical therapist,pharmacists, and vision experts to deliver information on how to prevent falls

Subjects covered include:

• Falls and risk

• Strength and balance exercises

• Home hazards

• Safe footwear

• Vision and falls

• Safety in public places

• Community mobility

• Coping after a fall

• Understanding how to initiate a medication review

The workshop is not just for people who have fallen, but also for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal fall experiences as a group.

Interested in attending? The workshop will be held Thursdays beginning Jan. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at Golden Years Senior Activity Center, 726 South 100 East, Bountiful. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 801-525-5087 or 801-525-5076.

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