“Stepping On” is a workshop offered in Story City by Bethany Life. The workshop helps older adults prevent falls. The workshop is for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks, at Timberland Village beginning Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.


Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants will view a display of falls prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. 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.


The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn 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. The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls. Contact Stephanie Spotts at 515-509-6265 to register for the workshop. The cost is $20.


Bethany Life offers a full continuum of care for older adults. A part of the Story City community since 1914, Bethany Life works to help older adults thrive wherever they call home. To learn more visit www.bethanylife.org.