St. Mary-Corwin to Host Free Program to Help Older Adults Reduce Fall Risks and Maintain Independence

(PUEBLO, COLO.)St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center will host a free seven-week falls-prevention program beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 9:30 - 11:30 am aimed at empowering adults 65 years of age and older to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. The Stepping On workshop will be held in the Dorcy Cancer Center Healing Arts room at 2004 Lake Ave. and will use adult education and self-efficacy principles to help older adults gain balance and confidence.

Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits and home injuries. Each year, one out of three seniors suffers moderate to severe injuries, leading to nursing home placement. Many falls, however, are preventable and taking simple steps to prevent falls can help older adults stay active and maintain independence.

The Stepping On program incorporates a group setting plus individualized follow-up and is geared towards older adults at least 65 years of age who are at risk for falling, have recently fallen or have a fear of falling and live in an apartment or at home, and do not suffer from dementia. It covers a range of issues, including falls and risk, strength and balance exercises, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, safety in public places, community mobility, coping after a fall, and understanding how to initiate a medication review.

Falls are a serious problem that can take a serious financial, physical and psychological toll on an individual, but can be prevented at any age, said Sara Ackerman, trauma nurse coordinator and injury prevention specialist, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Stepping On gives people the confidence to undertake their everyday activities safely, helping older people maintain independence and giving them confidence in their mobility so they are able to undertake their everyday activities safely and without the risk of falling.

To learn more about Stepping On or to register for the free seven-week workshop, please call 719-557-3631.

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