Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated for a fall-related injury and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. While it’s true that a fall-related injury can occur at any age, injuries resulting from a fall are a big concern for older adults. Centura Health is committed to reducing the number of fall-related injuries in our community through education, exercise and mindfulness.
Stepping On is a group class geared toward adults ages 65 and over who live independently and who want to:
- Step outside their home with confidence
- Become more aware of fall hazards and learn how their fall risk can be reduced
- Learn the most up-to-date information on fall prevention
- Participate in simple and fun strength and balance exercises
Through instruction and facilitated group discussion, this class builds confidence and helps participants manage their health behaviors, reduce risk of falls and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Subjects covered include the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to stay safe when out in your community and how to check your home for safety hazards.
A fall prevention program may be right for individuals who:
- Are 65 or over
- Are concerned with falling
- Have experienced falls in the past
- Just don’t move or walk with the confidence they used to have
- Have muscle weakness and limited mobility
- Complain of dizziness or light headedness
- Experience problems with vision or numbness in their feet
We offer a variety of classes to improve balance, educate about fall prevention and increase safe activity to those of all abilities. Our programs include exercises to improve balance and strength as well as programs to foster better coordination, strengthen lower body muscles and increase confidence.
You can take four simple steps to help prevent injuries from falls:
- Begin a regular exercise program. Exercises that improve balance and strength are the most helpful.
- Ask your health care provider to review your medicines. Some medicines or combinations of medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall.
- Get a vision exam. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
- Make your home safer. Remove tripping hazards, such as throw rugs and electrical cords from stairs, living areas and the kitchen, and repair any loose tiles and uneven floorboards. Install grab bars next to your toilet and shower and be sure your home has adequate lighting, including night lights in hallways and bathrooms.