Free workshops aim to prevent falls by elderly

Published: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 - 6:30 am

The first of a new series of free workshops designed to prevent falls by the elderly begins Wednesday, sponsored by the UC Davis Health System's trauma prevention program.

The free, seven-week community health initiative, called Stepping On, teaches people 65 and older how to improve their balance and strength, and helps them assess home modifications.

Falling causes 95 percent of hip fractures in older adults and is the leading cause of injury death in the elderly, experts say.

The two-hour workshops begin at 9 a.m. each Wednesday for seven weeks at Sacramento's Kiwanis Family House, 2875 50th St.

A second seven-week session begins Jan 2.

The sessions are a pilot program between UC Davis and the state Department of Public Health.

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