Fall prevention workshop starts in September

Stepping On is a fall prevention workshop being offered in Shawano by Shawano County Human Services-Aging Unit and ThedaCare-Shawano. The workshop, which is for older adults, runs two hours a week for seven weeks, at ThedaCare-Shawano, 100 County Road B, Shawano.

Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants will view a display of fall-prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, better balance and a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of the class.

Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls. Preventing falls not only reduces injuries and helps people stay in their homes longer, it also saves money. By 2020, the cost of falls injuries is estimated to be $32.4 billion.

In Shawano, the class will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Red River Room at ThedaCare Shawano beginning Sept. 11. For information, call Heidi Russell at 715-526-4686.