The public is invited to participate in free workshops designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, "Stepping On - Building Confidence and Reducing Falls," will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday in June and July with the exception of July 4. Sessions will be held at the Ashland Community Resource Center, 1324 Silver St. Participants can attend as many classes as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
The popular "Stepping On" program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia to help older adults learn to prevent falls. Peggy Apthorpe with Aging Partners Health and Fitness said workshops will help participants identify why they fall and learn to prevent falls with strength and balance exercises, home safety suggestions and a medication review. She said participants will leave with more strength, better balance and a feeling of confidence and independence. Research has shown that people who complete the workshop reduce their rate of falling by over 30 percent.
The workshops are offered through the combined efforts of Aging Partners and Ashland Senior Services with funding provided by a grant from the Nebraska Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program.
Preregistration is required by calling Apthorpe at 402-441-7796 or Kathy Pike, Ashland Senior Services, at 402-944-7332.