September 01, 2020
Did you know that Wisconsin has the highest death rate due to falls for older adults of any state in the country? Here are some more startling statistics:
There is good news though: falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. Governor Evers recently proclaimed September Falls Prevention Awareness Month in Wisconsin and the CDC, the National Council on Aging, and the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging encourage you to take control of your health by following these six steps to prevent a fall:
While the pandemic has temporarily kept us from gathering in person, we’re very lucky in Wisconsin to have a proven falls prevention workshop available in almost all Wisconsin counties and tribes that address ALL of these factors. It’s called Stepping On and has been proven to reduce older adult falls by over 30%. This 7-week workshop meets once a week for two hours each week. Participants learn balance and strength exercises and hear from four guest experts - a physical therapist, pharmacist, vision expert and community mobility specialist - to learn strategies that can help them avoid a fall.
We encourage you to visit the link below to find a 12-question assessment of your own falls risk. You can also use the second link to indicate your interest in joining a Stepping On falls prevention workshop when they are once again available.
|Online Check Up: What's Your Risk for a Fall?||Refer for a Future Stepping On Workshop|