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

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County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken invite mature residents to attend program focused on falls prevention.

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The program is intended to empower mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life.

Photo by: John Boyer, via Free Images.

Suffolk County, NY - August 24, 2016 - 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
 
Sayville
Tuesday,  August 30, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sayville Library
88 Greene Ave.
Sayville, NY 11782
To register call:  631-589-4440
   
North Babylon
Thursday,  September 01, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spangle Senior Center
North Babylon, NY 11703
To register call 631-422-7610
 
Center Moriches
Thursday,  September 08, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Center Moriches Library
235 Main St.
Center Moriches, NY 11934
To register call: 631-878-0940
                            
Copiague
Friday,  September 09, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Copiague Memorial Library
50 Deauville Blvd., Copiague, NY 11726                             
To register call: 631-691-1111
 
‘Stepping On’
 
Sayville
Workshop dates and times:
September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sayville Library
88 Greene Ave., Sayville, NY 11782
To register call Tim Dakow: 631-894-5204
 
North Babylon
Workshop dates and times:
Thursday,  September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 12, 20, 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spangle Senior Center
438 Spangle Dr., North Babylon, NY 11703
To register call Spangle Senior Center 631-422-7610
 
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: here
 
Watch this video to learn more about what your peers are doing at Suffolk County’s falls-prevention programs: here