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Classes To Help Improve Balance, Prevent Falls Starts April 24

OSWEGO – “Stepping On,” a workshop designed to help participants improve their balance and avoid falls is now accepting registrations.

“Stepping On” is an evidence-based program proven to reduce falls in older adults.

Registration for the upcoming workshop is now open. The deadline to register is April 12. To register or for more information, please call 315-349-3547.
Registration for the upcoming workshop is now open. The deadline to register is April 12. To register or for more information, please call 315-349-3547.

The program is designed specifically for anyone who is 60 years or older, has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling, lives at home and does not have significant memory issues.

Classes will cover simple and fun strength and balance exercises, the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, and much more.

Participants will leave with more strength, achieve better balance, and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group.

Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.

The workshop will be presented for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks at Bishop’s Commons in Oswego.

It is free of charge and registration is open to the public.

Certified instructors from the Oswego County Health Department, Oswego Health Home Care and Bishop’s Commons will lead the workshop and be joined by expert guest speakers throughout the program.

Classes will be held weekly beginning April 24 through June 12. Classes run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Class will not be held on Memorial Day, May 29.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition will make this seven-session workshop and accompanying instructional material available free of charge to all class participants.

Registration is required and space is limited. To register for the workshop or for more information about the “Stepping On” program, please call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547.

Registrations will be accepted until April 12.

Bishop’s Commons is located at 4 Burkle St., on the St. Luke healthcare campus in the city of Oswego, just off State Route 481 (East River Road). On the web at www.bcommons.com.

About the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition: The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition is a multi-agency initiative committed to working together to measurably reduce the instances of falls and falls-related injuries in Oswego County residents.