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Stepping On

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ABOUT STEPPING ON

Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults, age 65+, to carry out healthy behaviors, reducing the risks of falls. It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Older adults who should attend are those who: a) are at risk of falling, b) have a fear of falling, or c) who have fallen one or more times.

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Subjects covered include: Improving balance and strength, home modifications, community safety, vision, medication review, safe footwear, and sleep.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulfilling lives.

CLASSES -  Class will be offered in Ashley in Spring 2018 - Classes were held in Wishek from February-March, 2017. Classes were led by Karen Bettenhausen, Extension Agent and Jessica Welder, RN and Director of McIntosh District Health Unit.  Physical Therapists from the Wishek Community Hospital helped with exercise training.  A number of community professionals were also involved in providing education.  

Plans are to offer this class in Ashley in Spring 2018.  

For more information about the class, contact Extension Agent or Tel. (701) 288-5183.

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