For the City Times
Have you noticed a change in your balance? Do you have a fear that you may fall or fall again?
A decrease in balance and the fear of falling tends to increase with age, but there are ways to stay safe and improve balance. The Stepping On workshop covers a variety of topics including: simple and fun strength and balance exercises, the role vision plays in keeping your balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to stay safe when out and about in your community, what to look for in safe footwear, and how to check your home for safety hazards.
Frank, a past participant of Stepping On, noticed many benefits from attending this workshop. It was easier for him to get in and out of his car and he even felt stronger when climbing steps.
He also learned tips for walking safer, even on snow and ice. The exercises have helped him gain some balance back too. He feels more confident in doing yard work, walking to get the mail and even started taking fishing trips with his son again. The exercises and tips he learned in the program have helped him maintain his valued independence.
The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, in partnership with Atrium Health and Senior Living, are offering an upcoming Stepping On workshop in the community.
Pre-registration is required by calling Ciara at the ADRC-CW, 1-888-486-9545.