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Stepping On program in West Point to help reduce falls

Monday, June 12, 2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) is excited to announce that a new Stepping On class series is to begin on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in West Point. Stepping On is an evidence-based program, and studies have shown that the fall rate among Stepping On participants was reduced about 30 percent compared with those who did not participate in the program.  Preventing falls in people 65 and older is important to helping seniors live independently.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationally one in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year and 2 million are treated for fall-related injuries in the emergency room.  Research shows that of those that fall each year, less than half tell their doctor, and falling one time doubles the chances of having a future fall. Within the ELVPHD health district, about 1 in 4 (22.7%) people aged 45 and over had fallen in the past year according to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data compared to 26.1% for the State of Nebraska overall. Many falls can be prevented, and programs such as Stepping On gives seniors the tools they need to reduce their chance of falling.

The program is open to the public and will meet once per week for seven weeks from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 11th at the Sunshine Senior Center in West Point. Topics will include: vision, outdoor safety, footwear, medication management, home safety, mobility aids, balance and exercise. In addition to the program facilitator, guest experts will lead some sessions. The class is free, and registration is required. Please contact ELVPHD at 402-529-2233 or 402-372-3800 or info@elvphd.org for more information or to register for Stepping On.


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Elkhorn Logan Valley
Public Health Department
2104 21st Circle / PO Box 779, Wisner, NE 68791
Phone: 402.529.2233  - or -  877.379.4400
Fax: 402.529.2211
After Hours: 402.841.8110
Email: info@elvphd.org