Fall Prevention Workshop Returns to Tabitha in March


Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to collaborate once again with Aging Partners Health and Fitness to present Stepping On, a workshop series aimed at helping older adults reduce falls.

The weekly workshop will be offered on Thursdays between March 10-April 28 (no class April 7) from 2-4 p.m. at LifeQuest Rehabilitation Center on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln (4720 Randolph St.). Stepping On helps participants identify why falls happen and ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and medication reviews. Participants also have the opportunity to view a display of fall prevention products.

The workshop is designed for people who have fallen and for those who may fear falling. Aging Partners facilitators Pat Mehmken and Mary Corder will lead the sessions, which will feature guest experts including physical therapists, pharmacists and vision professionals. Participation in Stepping On can result in better physical strength, improved balance, and feelings of confidence and independence as a result of group support and performing various exercises.

The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn about ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners.

Research has found that individuals who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falling. A suggested contribution of $3 per class helps to cover program costs. Those interested in attending may contact Peggy Apthorpe at 402.441.7796 or papthorpe@lincoln.ne.gov.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on KFOR (1240 AM or 103.3 FM), or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.