Stepping On

What is Stepping On?

Stepping On is a falls prevention workshop that meets for two hours a week for seven weeks. Trained leaders coach you to recognize your risk of falling and help you build the balance, strength and practical skills you need to avoid a fall.

Lussier Family West YMCA
5515 Medical Circle
Madison, WI 53719

Thursdays, July 11-August 22 from 1:00-3:00 pm

You’ll also meet with physical therapists, vision specialists, pharmacists and community safety experts who help you avoid fall hazards, make your home safer and make your body stronger. You’ll regain the confidence to stay active in your community and do the things you want to do.

Are you heading for a fall?
Like many people, you may not realize you are at risk for being injured by a fall. You might think that falls only happen to frail, older adults, or that falls are a normal part of aging. Don’t let these myths keep you from facing your fears and learning to prevent falls. If you answer “yes” to the following, it’s time to take steps to prevent a fall with Stepping On:

  • Are you 60 or older?
  • Have you fallen in the past year – even if you weren’t injured?
  • Do you have a fear of falling? Or worry that you or someone you live with might fall?
  • Do you live at home or in an independent apartment?

Stepping On helps you build confidence in your ability to manage your falls risk.

You’ll learn:

  • To identify and remove fall hazards from your home
  • To see and avoid fall hazards out in your community
  • To get back on your feet the right way if you fall
  • How vision and hearing affect your risk of falling
  • To use walking aids the right way
  • To choose safe footwear for all your activities
  • Strength and balance exercises you can adapt to your individual level
  • How medications play a role in your risk of falls

Stepping On workshops are not designed for older adults who:

  • Use a walker indoors or a wheelchair full-time
  • Have dementia or cognitive impairment