New program helping people stay on their feet

As we get older, and our parents and grandparents age, slips and falls can become more of a concern. A Central Texas hospital is now the first in the state to offer a brand new program aimed at keeping folks on their feet and out of the hospital.

St. David’s Medical Center program coordinator Sheila Dolbow and physical therapist Emily Edwards joined KXAN News Today Saturday to discuss “Stepping On.” The program aims to improve self-efficiency and educate individuals on fall prevention techniques.

“Stepping On” was originally developed in Australia and later moved to the United States. Coordinators say the program has reduced falls by 31%.

Dolbow and Edwards say ideal candidates for the class are 65 years-old and older who have fallen or fear falling.

Techniques covered are strength and balance exercises, role of vision in keeping balance, ways to stay safe while walking in the community, possible hazards, and how to cope with a fall.

The class will be available starting in the spring. Click here for more information.

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