Stepping On, a fall-prevention program offered by North Dakota State University Extension Service, the North Dakota Department of Health and Touchmark will be offered in Bismarck every Thursday for seven weeks: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9, and 16. Call 701-667-3340 to register.

The workshop aims to empower older adults to adopt healthy behaviors that reduce the risk of falls. Research has found that those completing the Stepping On workshop experienced a 31 percent reduction in falls.

In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance and strength exercises, and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. The workshop also includes information about home modifications, community safety and vision, and a medication review.

“One of the main components of the workshop is the balance and strength exercises,” says Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, NDSU Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. “Strength begins to decrease after the age of 50 and decreases more rapidly after the age of 70.”

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