Stepping On

Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

Please join us for Stepping On, a seven-week workshop series to learn important exercises and strategies to help prevent falls.

What is Stepping On?

Stepping On is a program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls in older people.

It consists of a workshop that meets for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are led by two trained Stepping On professionals who partner to provide participants with a quality adult learning environment. In addition, local guest experts provide information on exercise, vision, safety, and medications. 

Fall prevention topics include:

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to keep from falling when out in your community
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • How to eliminate falls hazards from your home

Why should I be concerned about falling?

Falling is very common; it can result in injury and 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.

Fall injury statistics

  • More than one-third of people age 65 or older fall each year
  • Falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations due to injury among older adults
  • 35 percent of people who fall become less active
  • 40 percent of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days

What Stepping On workshop participants had to say:

“When I’m walking I still think, ‘Lift your feet, walk heel-to-toe’. I have stopped falling outside! It has made me more aware of the way I walk.”

“Not only did we learn some things about preventing falls, but we had a good time doing it. It was really fun.” 

Is this fall and injury prevention workshop for you? 

Stepping On is designed specifically for anyone who:

  • Is 65 or older
  • Has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling
  • Lives at home
  • Does not have dementia

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For more information contact:

Kathleen Lee, MSN, RN
Injury Prevention Coordinator
University of Iowa Health Care

Colette Hartley, RN
Community Program Coordinator
VNA of Johnson County
1-319-337-9686 ext. 1155