Tabitha Brings Collaborative Fall Prevention Workshop to Lincoln Campus

Contact:

Erika Balm

402.486.8559

erika.balm@tabitha.org

Tabitha.org

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to work in collaboration with Aging Partners Health and Fitness in bringing to Lincoln Stepping-On, a workshop series aimed at helping older adults reduce falls by building confidence. The weekly workshop will be offered June 25-Aug. 13 (no class July 30) from 9-11 a.m. on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln at 4720 Randolph St.

Stepping-On helps participants identify why falls occur, along with different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants also have the opportunity to review a display of fall prevention products. The workshop is intended for people who have fallen in the past as well as for those at risk of falling or who fear falling. Participants will leave with increased strength, achieve better balance and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group. Guest experts include physical therapists, pharmacists and vision experts.

The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. Research has revealed that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls.

A suggested contribution of $3 per class helps to cover program costs. Contact Aging Partners Health and Fitness at 402.441.7575 to register for the workshop.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org