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Stepping On Program starting in September

Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

September 22 is fall prevention awareness day and Gunnison Valley Health will be offering a fall prevention class to our community starting September 27.

Falling is very common; it can result in injury and can shake your confidence. The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community. That’s why preventing falls is critical to maintaining independence.

Did you know that more than one-third of people age 65 or older fall each year and falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma among older adults. 35% of people who fall become less active. Don’t let a fall or a fear of falling keep you from your life.

Stepping On is a fun and interactive fall prevention program for older adults who have fallen or who have a fear of falling. Stepping On helps participants recognize and carry out behaviors to take control of their fall risk.

The class is taught by Ginny Wolfe, physical therapist and Carla Fanciullo, occupational therapist from Gunnison Valley Hospital as well as expert guest speakers. It is offered in two-hour sessions once a week for seven weeks, followed by a home visit or phone call to each participant after the seven sessions. Topics include: balance and strength exercises, home modifications, community safety, vision, medication review, safe footwear, and sleep.

If you have questions about the class and whether or not it is right for you, please call the Gunnison Valley Health Rehab Department at (970) 641-7248. Classes will be from 9-11 a.m. and will start September 27 at the Gunnison Recreation Center.