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BRMH Works to Reduce Falls in Older Adults

(4/7/14)  Stepping On is a workshop to help older adults prevent falls and is offered in Black River Falls by Black River Memorial Hospital, funded by a grant through Jackson County Department of Aging.

The workshop is for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks followed by a 3-month booster session at BRMH starting Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

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 falls prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling.  Participants will gain 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. This class is ideal for individuals who are able to walk with or without a cane or may use a walker in the community but otherwise are fairly independent. Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the BRMH rehab department at 715-284-1330.

 

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