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Falls Prevention Classes Offer Mature Residents a Greater Chance to Stay Independant for Life

Categories: Health Services | Author: gknutson | Posted: 4/17/2017 | Views: 1179


Commissioner of Health Services, Dr. James Tomarken invites mature residents to attend the county’s national award-winning program focused on falls prevention. The program is intended to empower mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life

These programs are Stepping On’, a CDC model program, comprises a seven-week course that focuses on balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. The program has proven to reduce the number of falls for participants by 31 percent. A second option entitled “Staying Independent for Life” covers much of the information that is provided in the ‘Stepping On’ program in a condensed two-hour session.


Between 2011 and 2016 these programs collectively reached over 11,406 senior citizens to teach them about how to prevent falls in the home and live independently. The program will be offered as follows:



Staying Independent for Life



                         Monday, May 1, 2017,  from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 Northport Public Library

 151 Laurel Ave.

 Northport  NY 11768

 To register call  631-261-6930

West Babylon

                         Tuesday, May 2, 2017,  from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 West Babylon Public Library

 211 Route 109

 West Babylon, NY 11704

 To register call  631-669-5445






‘Stepping On’



Workshop dates and times:

 Monday, May  08, 15, 22;  June  5, 12, 19, 26,  2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hauppauge Public Library

601 Veterans Memorial Hwy

Hauppauge, NY 11788

To register call 631-979-1600

West Babylon

Workshop dates and times:

 Thursday, May  11, 18, 25;  June  1, 8,15, 22,  2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

West Babylon Public Library

 211 Route 109

West Babylon, NY 11704

To register call 631-669-5445


Workshop dates and times:

 Friday, May  12, 19, 26;  June 2, 9, 16, 23,  2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Northport- East Northport Library

151 Laurel Ave.

Northport, NY 11731

To register call 631-261-6930



Workshop dates and times:

 Tuesday, May  16, 23, 30;  June 6, 13, 20, 27,  2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Southold Free Library

53705 Main Rd.

Southold, NY 11971

To register call 631-763-9389




Additional programs will be rolled out in communities throughout Suffolk County over the course of the year. For more information about Suffolk County Falls Prevention Programs, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-853-6492 or visit:



Watch this video to learn more about what your peers are doing at Suffolk County’s falls-prevention programs:

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