Fear not: Free classes show you how to keep from falling, avoid injuries

ST. GEORGE — Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for people age 65 and older. “Stepping On” is an evidence-based program that teaches older adults to make behavior changes that prevent future falls.

Classes are free and cover the following topics: exercises to improve balance and strength, home modifications, community safety, vision, medication review and safe footwear.

Guest presenters include a physical therapist, a pharmacist and an optometrist.

The seven-week program begins in Hurricane in May and St. George in July. Seniors at risk for falls, who have a history of falls or have a fear of falling are encouraged to attend.

Stepping On is uniquely effective as classes are highly-interactive. Instructors provide support that builds participants’ sense of success and confidence in the ability to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Post-program surveys from similar northern Utah classes show participants self-reported a 74 percent decrease in all falls and an 83 percent in injurious falls during the class compared to the three months before the class.

Stepping On – class information and registration

Hurricane

  • When: Thursdays, May 5 through June 16, from 9-11 a.m.
  • Where: Intermountain Hurricane Valley Clinic, 75 N. 2260 West, Hurricane

St. George

  • When: Thursdays, July 7 through August 19, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Where: The second floor classroom in the Dixie Regional Health & Performance Center, 652 S. Medical Center Drive, St. George

Registration

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