Published on February 19, 2016

Altru and NDSU Extension Offer Stepping On, Senior Fall Prevention Program

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health System and NDSU Extension Service will hold an interactive fall prevention program for seniors ages 65 and over. Stepping On is a seven-week program aimed at educating and building confidence in order to reduce or eliminate falls. The program will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Mondays from March 23 through May 4, 2016, at St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks. Stepping On is for people over the age of 65 who live at home, do not have dementia and have fallen or have a fear of falling. 

Falls are a significant cause of injury in the U.S., specifically in those ages 65 and older. Research shows participants reduce falls by over 30 percent and have fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits. The Stepping On workshop will include strength and balance training, medication management and home safety tips. It will also explain how footwear, vision and mobility are important in preventing falls. “This program is considered to be one of the most effective fall prevention programs available, giving people the confidence to undertake their everyday activities safely," said Bill Vasicek, program facilitator and community safety coordinator at Altru Health System. 

To register, please call NDSU Extension Service at 780.8229. For more information about Stepping On, contact Bill Vasicek at 701.780.5939 or via email Registration is required. Program fee is $20 and scholarships are available.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.