Oswego County Health Department partners with Office for Aging to deliver new program – Oswego County Today

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OSWEGO COUNTY – One in four seniors falls each year according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that falls are not part of normal aging and can be prevented.

The Oswego County Health Department and the Office for the Aging are working together to offer the “Stepping On” program, aimed at reducing falls in older adults. Weekly two-hour sessions will begin Monday, September 26 at 1 p.m. The deadline to register is Monday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m.

In just seven weeks, “Stepping On” helps participants improve strength and balance, monitor fall risk at home and on the go, review medications for types that increase fall risk, and more. Again.

The program has been researched and shown to be effective in reducing the risk of falling by 31%. Part of what makes ‘Stepping On’ so effective are workshops with local professionals including a physiotherapist, vision specialist, etc.

The program is designed specifically for people who have fallen or are afraid of falling. It is not intended for people who live with a cognitive impairment, such as dementia, or who use an indoor walker or wheelchair full time.

Participants can expect to come away with more strength, better balance, and a sense of confidence and independence at the end of the program.

To enroll in the “Stepping On” program, call the Oswego County Office for Aging at 315-349-8697.

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