Fall prevention presentation

   RSVP works to reduce falls in older adults

   A Fall Prevention Presentation, “Stepping On”, is designed to help older adults prevent falls. The presentation will be offered in Baker by RSVP Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Senior Center at 2:00 p.m.

   “Stepping On” will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, and home safety check suggestions. The presentation is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with ideas to improve strength, achieve better balance, and to assess fall risks at home and in the community.

   The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls.

   RSVP is sponsored by the City of Miles City and serves Carter, Custer, Fallon and Rosebud Counties. RSVP provides meaningful volunteer experiences for those 55 and older.