Iowa Specialty Hospital

Iowa Specialty Hospital to Hold Fall Prevention Workshop

March 9, 2018

Iowa Specialty Hospital is proud to once again present, Stepping On, a fall prevention workshop.  This 7-week workshop will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 am each Thursday from April 19 through May 31, 2018 in Boardroom B at the Clarion Campus.

During the Stepping On workshops, participants receive support from trained leaders and other workshop participants, learn and practice strength and balance exercises, and learn how medications, vision, safe footwear, and home modifications can affect their risk of falls.  Special guest presenters will be in attendance at various sessions.  These presenters are community experts and include a pharmacist, eye doctor, physical therapist, and a community safety worker.

To be eligible, participants must be 65 years of age or older, able to walk independently (i.e. without a walker or cane), live independently, have had a fall within the last year, or have a fear of falling.  Participants will leave with more 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.  The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.

Those who participated in the Stepping On series held in the Fall of 2017 gave the class high marks.  “I definitely recommend this class to elderly people who want to remain active in their later years,” said participant Walt Hirsch.  Ida Eekhoff, another class participant, shared “I’m stronger from the exercises taught in class and I’m more confident in all I do.  I’ve slowed down and also use techniques taught in the class to avoid falls.”

Please note class size is limited to 14 individuals. In addition, an eligibility questionnaire must be completed at the time of phone registration, and a one-time $15 fee is required for this workshop. Call Brooke Nerlien at 515-602-9826 for more information or to complete a phone registration.

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