“Stepping On”, a workshop designed to help participants improve balance and avoid falls will start on March 18. 

“Stepping On” is an evidence-based program proven to reduce falls in older adults. The program is designed specifically for anyone who is 60 years or older, has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling, lives at home and does not have significant memory issues.

Classes will cover simple and fun strength and balance exercises, theBalance and Falls Prevention Stepping On Class role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, and much more. 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. Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.

The workshop is scheduled for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks at Fulton Mills Apartments in Fulton. It is free of charge and registration is open to the public. Certified instructors from the Oswego County Health Department, Oswego Health Home Care and Bishop’s Commons will lead the workshop and be joined by expert guest speakers throughout the program.

Classes will be held weekly beginning Monday, March 18 through May 6. Classes run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Caring Community Advocates will make this seven-session workshop and accompanying instructional material available free of charge to all class participants.

Registration is required and space is limited. To register for the workshop or for more information about the “Stepping On” program, please call the Oswego County Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484.

Fulton Mills Apartments is located at 265 West 1st St S, in Fulton.