Step­ping On re­turns to Corowa

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health District (MLHD) is pleased to an­nounce the Step­ping On falls pre­ven­tion pro­gram will re­turn to Corowa on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

The group runs two hours each week for seven weeks fol­lowed by a re­fresher ses­sion two months later.

The free NSW Min­istry of Health ini­tia­tive is de­signed for peo­ple who are liv­ing at home and who have fallen or have a fear of fall­ing.

“The pro­gram helps older peo­ple keep their in­de­pen­dence and gives them con­fi­dence in their mo­bil­ity so they are able to go about their daily ac­tiv­i­ties safely and with­out the fear of fall­ing,” Corowa Step­ping On fa­cil­i­ta­tor Cathy Crosth­waite said.

The pro­gram in­cludes sim­ple group ex­er­cise to im­prove strength and bal­ance, as well as ed­u­ca­tion on a range of top­ics such as vi­sion, home haz­ards and medicines.

It is also an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise with other par­tic­i­pants.

Step­ping On has been rolled out in more than 25 com­mu­ni­ties across MLHD and was held in Corowa in April this year with 11 lo­cals tak­ing part.

Corowa Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit- tee Chair­man Peter Wort­man is pleased the pro­gram is re­turn­ing to Corowa.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to come to­gether so­cially, while also en­gag­ing with lo­cal health providers,” Mr Wort­man said.

Falls are a sig­nif­i­cant cost to the com­mu­nity and the health sys­tem with one in three peo­ple aged over 65 fall­ing each year.

The ses­sions will be held at HealthOne Corowa, 60 Guy St, Corowa at 10am.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to book, phone Cathy on 1800 016 396.

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