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


County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken invite 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.


‘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. The programs will be offered as follows:


Staying Independent for Life


West Babylon

             Thursday,  May 26, 2016  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 West Babylon Public Library

  211 Route 109  West Babylon, NY 11704

 To register call 631-669-5445


West Islip

             Wednesday,  June 29, 2016  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 West Islip Public Library

  3 Higbie lane  West Islip, NY 11795

  To register call 631-661-7080




‘Stepping On’


West Babylon

             Workshop dates and times:

  June 2, 9,16, 23, 30 July 7,14, 2016  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







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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