Stepping On Workshop
One-third of people over the age of 65 years will fall every year and six percent of these falls were serious enough to require hospitalization. Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death due to a fall in the nation. In fact, the death rate due to falls in Wisconsin is twice the national average.
There is some good news, falls are preventable.
Stepping On classes are highly participatory where mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, reduce their risk of falls, and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
The workshop has been designed specifically for people who are: 1) at risk of falling, 2) have a fear of falling, or 3) who have fallen one or more times. Participants meet for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are facilitated by trained Leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience.
Who should take the workshop?
Stepping On is for older adults or others who live in their home or independent apartment, are able to walk without the help of another person, do not use a walker, scooter or wheelchair most of the time indoors, are cognitively intact, and understand the language being used by the Stepping On Leader.
Benefits of attending a Stepping On workshop: Learn to step outside your home with confidence Learn with people your own age Become more aware of fall hazards and learn how your fall risk can be reduced Study the most up-to-date information on falls prevention Help others by sharing what has worked for you
From Focus on Health TV produced by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York.
When and where can I take a Stepping On workshop?
In Kenosha county, Stepping On workshops are run 3 to 4 times a year in March, June, and September. If you are interested in attending a workshop or getting more information, you can complete our online form or call the Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services Inc. (KAFASI) at 262-658-3508.