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Older Adults Encouraged to Attend Stepping On Falls Prevention Program in Watford City


Are you an older adult who is perhaps afraid of falling, has fallen or is at risk of falling? If so, you will want to attend “Stepping On,” a community-based seven-week program starting Mon., Oct. 19 and continuing on Mondays to Nov. 30, 2015. Each class will kick off with an optional noon meal at Outlaws Bar and Grill in Watford City. Sessions will follow at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Outlaws. Pre-registration is requested prior to attending. Please contact the McKenzie County Extension Office at 701-444-3451 or e-mail or contact Kathy Skarda at First International Bank at 701-842-2381 at your earliest convenience to express interest in this series.

Stepping On is an evidence-based program that empowers older adults to carry out healthy behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. In a small group setting, participants will learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Classes will be facilitated by McKenzie County Extension Agent Marcia Hellandsaas. Guest speakers will include: McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Physical Therapist Jessica Robinson, Nordby Vision Center Optometrist Dr. Douglas Nordby and Larsen Service Drug Pharmacist Kelsey Linseth.

Subjects of classes include: improving balance and strength, home and environmental safety, community safety, vision and medication review, safe footwear and sleep.

Classes will be highly participative and will include discussion, sharing and successes to help participants manage their healthy behaviors to reduce their risks of falls. The program is evidence based and has demonstrated that it has been effective in preventing falls in community-residing older adults.

Stepping On is sponsored by the McKenzie County Extension Office, First International Bank and Trust and Outlaws Bar and Grill.

For more information, please contact the McKenzie County Extension Office.


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