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Stepping On Program

Stepping On - Hillsboro

What is stepping on?

The stepping on program is a seven week program designed for people over 60 who are living at home and have experienced a fall or are concerned about falling.

It is an evidence-based program that is proven to significantly reduce falls in older people living in the community by incorporating strategies to include positive lifestyle changes to keep them confident, independent and active.

Who can benefit?

The program is designed for those individuals who:

  • Are 60 years and over
  • Have had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling
  • Are living at home
  • Are not suffering from dementia

The importance of falls prevention

Many older adults have had a fall experience that has shaken their confidence and may have resulted in injury. The threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing the things they want to do. The prevention of falls, and regaining their confidence, is vital to maintaining personal independence.

Program leader

The programs are led by Stepping On certified facilitators, who are also health professionals, from Gundersen Health System. Local guest experts also assist by providing information on exercise, vision, safety and medications.

What you will learn

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training.
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance.
  • How medication can contribute to falls.
  • What to look for in safe footwear.
  • How to check your home for safety.
  • Ways to stay safe when out and about in your community.

In addition, you will also receive a one-month home follow-up and attend a booster session.

This program is not suitable for individuals with memory problems, certain progressive neurological disorders and whose who are totally dependent on a walking frame. Stepping on has not been proven to work for patients dealing with Parkinson's Disease.

Next Session

Sept. 21, 9 – 11 a.m. in the Eagleview room at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital, Hillsboro.

For more information, or to register, call Carol Behm, RN at (608) 489-8156 or Cheryl Vulstek, RN at (608) 489-8116.

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