Stepping On is a free workshop offered by Miami County Medical Center at Olathe Health Spring Hill Rehabilitation that helps older adults prevent falls.

The workshop is for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks, beginning from 5 to 7 p.m. March 19.

To register, contact the Miami County Medical Center registration desk at (913) 294-2327.

Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants will view a display of fall prevention products.

The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, achieve better balance, and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal fall experiences as a group, according to a news release.

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, according to the release.

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