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 Friday in August and the first three Fridays in September. The last class will be September 16. Sessions will be held at the Wahoo Senior Center, 235 E. 4th Street, and are offered through combined efforts of Aging Partners and Wahoo Senior Services.
The "Stepping On" program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia to help older adults learn to prevent falls. The 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. Research has shown that people who complete the workshop reduce their rate of falling by over 30 percent.
Funding is provided by a grant from the Nebraska Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program. Participants may attend as many classes as they want and are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Preregistration is required by calling Peggy Apthorpe at 402-441-7796 or Sarah Kruse, Wahoo Senior Services, at 402-443-4463.