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Stepping On!

One in four older adults has a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin leads the nation in fall-related deaths for people age 60 and older.

But the good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented.  The Stepping On program, offered in Dickinson, ND by NDSU Extension Stark/Billings County, has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31%. The workshop will take place on Wednesdays: May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23. Session one (May 12) will be at 10:00 am. Sessions two through seven will be at 1:30 pm. All sessions will be held at NDSU Extension Stark/Billings County, 2680 Empire Road Dickinson, ND 58601.

In just 7 weekly, 2-hour sessions, Stepping On gives participants strategies for avoiding falls including balance and strength exercises, home safety check suggestions, medication review, and more.  Guest experts including a physical therapist, a pharmacist and others visit over the course of the seven sessions providing falls prevention information and strategies for avoiding a fall. The workshop is designed specifically for people who age 60 or older and have fallen and have a fear of falling.  Participants can expect to leave with more strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence.

Pre-registration is required. To register for Stepping On, contact NDSU Extension Stark/Billings County at 701-456-7665 by May 5.

Face coverings are required. It is important to understand that in-person activities pose an unknown level of risk due to COVID-19. Participation is voluntary. NDSU Extension will take all reasonable measures, but cannot, at any level, assure protection from exposure.

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