Bishop’s Commons to host ‘Stepping On’ class Nov. 4

OSWEGO – The next “Stepping On” Balance and Falls Prevention workshop, designed to help participants improve balance and avoid falls, will begin Nov. 4 at Bishop’s Commons in Oswego.

“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, the 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 percent reduced rate of falls.

The workshop runs for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks. Bishop’s Commons is at 4 Burkle St. It is free of charge and registration is open to the public.

Certified, experienced instructors from the Oswego County Health Department, Oswego Health Home Care and Bishop’s Commons at St. Luke will lead the workshop. Expert guest speakers provide attendees with valuable information throughout the program.

Classes will be held weekly beginning Nov. 4 through Dec. 16. Classes run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Registration is required and space is limited. To register for the workshop, or for more information about the “Stepping On” program, call the Oswego County Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484. Preference will be given to students who are enrolling in the program for the first time.

Caring Community Advocates of Oswego County facilitates The “Stepping On” program, which is made possible by a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The Health Foundation is an independent private foundation that advocates for continuous improvement in health and health care by investing in the people and organizations that serve young children and older adults.

The Administration for Community Living through the NYS Office for the Aging and the Oswego County Office for the Aging provides partial funding for this workshop.

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