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New Stepping On program to help reduce falls

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) is excited to announce a new fall prevention program called Stepping On. 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 will meet once per week for seven weeks from 10am – 12pm beginning Monday, July 25th at the Norfolk Senior Center. 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 [email protected] for more information or to register for Stepping On.


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Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department

Address

PO Box 779
2104 21st Circle
Wisner, NE 68791

Phone

402.529.2233
877.379.4400
After Hours: 402.841.8110

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