"Stepping On" Program for Seniors - Falling doesn't have to be a part of aging!


April 26, 2023

Mark Weber & Laura Feltz w BC Public Health 4-23. Mark Weber and Laura Feltz review materials for the upcoming "Stepping On" program set to begin Wednesday, May 3 at the Chinook Senior Center. Weber and Feltz, who work with the Blaine County Health Department, will be teaching seniors ways to avoid slips and falls. There is no charge for the seven-week class that will meet Tuesdays through June 14th.

Alert readers of a certain age (60 or over) likely know someone who has suffered a fall or experienced a fall themselves. Statistics show that more than one in four Americans aged 65+ fall each year. And in Montana, the rate of seniors that fall is higher than the national average. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) falls by seniors result in more than three million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations. The most common inj...

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