For Utahns aged 65 and older, falls are the most common cause of injury, hospitalization and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death. In adults 65 years and older falls account for 170 deaths and over 3,000 hospitalizations per year in Utah. Even without injuries, as a result of a fall, many people develop a fear of falling. In turn, they might limit activities. This can result in reduced mobility, loss of physical conditioning and increased risk of falling.
Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults to adopt health behaviors that reduce fall risks. It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks, using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance and strength exercises. They develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Older adults might be interested if they are living independently and: 1) may be at risk for falling, 2) have a fear of falling or 3) have fallen one or more times. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, with a background in health or gerontology.
The process in which the program is taught makes it effective. Classes are highly interactive. Mutual support and success together build confidence in participants’ ability to manage health behaviors in reducing fall risks and to maintain active and fulfilling lives.
- Improving balance and strength through targeted exercises
- Home modifications
- Community safety
- Medication review
- Safe footwear
Time & Location
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (March 29th – May 17th) @ L.S. Skaggs Patient Wellness Center
530 Wakara Way
SLC, UT 84108
Space is limited. Please call (801) 585-2354 or register online.
Does Stepping On replace existing programs and treatments?
The Stepping On Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatments.
How was Stepping On developed?
The program is the work of Dr. Lindy Clemson, Ph.D., an Occupational Therapist from Australia, assisted by Meghan Swan. It was adapted for American use by Dr. Jane Mahoney.
How was Stepping On evaluated and what were the results?
The program was evaluated and the results published in the September 2004 issue of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. At the end of the study, Dr. Clemson found that those completing Stepping On experienced a 31% reduction in falls. This demonstrated that the program was effective in preventing falls in community-residing older adults.