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Myrtue Medical Center Offers Program to Reduce Falls in Older Adults

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Harlan, Iowa – One in four older adults has a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Iowa ranks 15th nationally in fall-related deaths for people age 60 and older. According to Lori Hoch, Myrtue Medical Center’s Public Health Department, is that falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. The Stepping On program, offered in Harlan, has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31% and will begin on January 25, 2022 for seven weeks at Myrtue Medical Center’s Auble Room from 9-11 A.M.

Stepping On gives participants strategies for avoiding falls including balance and strength exercises, home safety check suggestions, medication review, and more. Guest experts including a physical therapist and pharmacist and others visit over the course of the seven sessions providing falls prevention information and strategies for avoiding a fall. The workshop is designed specifically for people who age 60 or older and have fallen and/or have a fear of falling. Participants can expect to leave with more strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence.

There will be no cost to participants for fall prevention sessions. To register for Stepping On, contact Myrtue Medical Center Department of Public Health at 712.755.4422.