SPOONER, Wis. -- Learn the best techniques to avoid falls at Stepping-On, a researched and proven weekly workshop offered by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). In addition to simple strength and balance exercises taught by a local physical therapist, the workshop provides guest speakers on important topics such as vision loss and its relationship to falls, medication usage and side effects, and community and outdoor safety.

“One in four old adults has a fall very year, so it’s important to reduce that risk,” said Darby Smith, Supervisor, ADRC Spooner location. “Falls often result in significant costs, including medical expenses and loss of independence.”

Vision problems can also increase the risk and fear of falling in older adults. Stepping-On meets the specific needs of individuals with vision concerns or impairments. It includes adaptive techniques and aides beneficial for those with vision concerns. If you have macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic-related vision problems, blurred vision, or just “aging eyes,” Stepping On accommodates your needs!

The next session will be held in Spooner:

  • Seven Thursdays, September 7 - October 19
  • 9:30 a.m.―.11:30 a.m.
  • Spooner United Methodist Church, 312 Elm St

Sessions are led by trained leaders, and snacks will be provided. This popular workshop is proven successful, and is available for a suggested donation of only $10! (Scholarships available.) All adults age 60 and older are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please contact Natalia Delmonte, Health Promotion Coordinator, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, at 715-635-4460 or ndelmont@co.washburn.wi.us or visit www.adrcconnections.org

The ADRC of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties helps people live independently and stretch their money. Free, confidential consultations provide unbiased information about local resources for individuals ages 60 +, adults with disabilities and caregivers.

Contact: Kim Cobb, Resource Specialist, kim.cobb@co.barron.wi.us, 715-537-6225

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