The Stepping On falls prevention program has begun in Boorowa.
The group runs for two hours each week for seven weeks followed by a refresher session two months later. This free NSW Ministry of Health initiative is designed for people who are living at home and who have fallen or have a fear of falling.
“The program helps older people keep their independence and gives them confidence in their mobility so they are able to go about their daily activities safely and without the fear of falling,” Stepping On physiotherapist Felicity McGrath said.
The program includes simple group exercises to improve strength and balance as well as education on a range of topics such as vision, home hazards and medicines. It is also an opportunity to socialise with other participants.
Falls pose a significant cost to the community and the health system with one in three people aged over 65 falling each year.
Stepping On has been rolled out in more than 30 communities across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
The weekly sessions will be held at the Boorowa Hospital, Dry Street commencing at 1.30pm. The program began on Wednesday 15th August.
For further information or to book, please call the Boorowa Hospital on 6380 2100.
For further information about the Stepping On program across the District please contact Carly Barnes, Active Ageing Program Leader, 02 6080 8912