A series in the Wisconsin State Journal by David Wahlberg, 3 – 5 March 2019:
How do you know a class is good for preventing falls? Click the links below to find out!
Statistics on Seniors and Falls (click here to view)
UW Geriatric Falls Clinics provide a thorough physical evaluation to assess your risk of falls.
You will also be connected to community and medical resources depending on your needs, which can include ways to help improve your balance and prevent falls.
Schedule an appointment for a falls risk analysis at one of two locations:
East Clinic 608-265-1210 // University Station 608-263-7740
No referral needed!
The “SAFE at Home” program of Home Health United is “a falls prevention program armed with trained volunteers who conduct in-home safety assessments.
The program provides an initial in-home safety assessment, then six months of follow-up by a Medical Social Worker.
The program provides:
A basic home safety assessment
Review of medications by a pharmacist
Safety aids including a free pill box and night light
Home safety recommendations
Additional information about community fall prevention resources
Schedule your FREE assessment, today. Click here for more details.
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging advocates for the health needs of seniors in Wisconsin.
They also promote and provide classes based on cutting-edge research, such as Stepping On, a falls-prevention workshop that has shown consistently to reduce risk of falls by 31%.
Stepping On classes meet once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led by a team of health care providers who work with you and your classmates to improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing your medications, providing a vision screening, teaching strength and balance exercises, and offering help to improve your safety at home.
Members of the group support each other’s efforts to take action to prevent falls. Older adults who may have balance problems or fear of falling are the best fit for this class. According to studies, people who complete Stepping On classes see a 35% reduction in falls. The Stepping On course costs an average of $35 in Dane County for the seven week session and includes the reunion class.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County (ADRC) is a wonderful source of information and assistance for aging and disability-related resources here in Dane County.
The ADRC helps individuals, families and professionals identify resources and services to help older people and adults with disabilities live as independently as possible.
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