We hope you’re enjoying this warmer weather! It’s a great time to get out and take walks and do your spring cleaning, but make sure you’re being careful about falls!
We wrote a post last week about falls prevention resources provided by SAIL. This week we found a few more things that are helpful to stay safe in your home. SAIL members can call the SAIL office or stop by to get paper copies of these items.
Members: Always feel free to contact us if you need help making your home safer. We can provide many resources!
Stepping On is an evidence-based workshop meeting once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. This class is led by trained leaders who work with you to help improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing medications, exploring the role of vision and falls, teaching strength and balance exercises, and more. According to studies, people who complete Stepping On classes see a 31% reduction in falls! A workshop costs $35 for the seven-week session and includes the reunion class.
Upcoming local classes:
Stoughton Senior Center
248 W. Main St., #1, Stoughton
Thursdays, April 4 – May 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
To register, call 608-873-8585
Unity Point Health Meriter Monona Clinic
Conference Room A, 6408 Copps Ave., Monona
Tuesdays, April 23-June 11 (skipping May 28), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (first session goes until 12:00 p.m. for paperwork).
To register, call Jennifer Wallskog at 608-417-8262
There are many more of these coming up throughout the year! Call the SAIL office at 608-230-4321 or e-mail email@example.com for more information, or visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging information page here.
Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) is a program of the Center for Disease Control and provides many resources. You can explore their website here, and download and print a helpful home checklist here. If you’re a SAIL member and would prefer a printed copy, call us at 608-230-4321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get one to you!
SAIL membership can provide you with many resources to help you stay safe and independent in your home, including the peace of mind that someone is looking out for you. Contact us today or visit our website at www.sailtoday.org. Have fun and stay safe!