Suffolk County, NY - November 10, 2016 - 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.
The programs will be offered as follows:
Harborfield Public Library
Greenlawn, NY 11740
Workshop Dates and Times:
November 9,16,23,30, 2016
December 7,14,21, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
To register call: Spangle Center at 631-757-4200.
Staying Independent for Life
Friday, November 18, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
South Country Library
22 Station Road Bellport, NY 11713
To register call 631-286-0818
Monday, November 21 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2478 Main Street Bridgehampton, NY 11932
To register call 631-537-0015
Monday, November 28, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Central Islip Ambulance
4 Pineville Road Central Islip, NY 11722
To register call Lorraine at 631-582-4414
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Shelter Island Library
37 North Ferry Road Shelter Island, NY 11964
To register call 631-749-0042
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: online
Watch this video to learn more about what your peers are doing at Suffolk County’s falls-prevention programs.