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.
Between 2010 and 2015 these
programs collectively reached over 2,800 senior citizens to teach them about
how to prevent falls in the home and live independently.
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.
“Tai Chi, Moving for
Better Balance” classes are led by a trained/certified instructor; the
class meets twice a week, 60 minutes, for 12 weeks. It is a falls preventions
program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi in helping senior
citizens improve their balance, flexibility and strength, and increase their
confidence in doing everyday activities.
The programs will be offered as follows:
21, 24, 28, 31 (2:30pm-3:30pm)
14, 18, 28 (2:30pm-3:30pm)
5, 9, 12, 16 (2:30pm-3:30pm)
Senior Center - Open to Smithtown Residents
15, 22 (9:00am-11:00am)
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: www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PreventiveMedicine/PublicHealthNursing
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