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Falls Prevention Programs

Tai Chi Fundamentals Adapted Program   New

Tuedays 1:00 - 1:40pm (ongoing).  Bethel Lutheran Church - Lower Level, 1930 Loomis St., La Crosse

Improve Balance - Posture - Mindfulness. This program is designed to make Tai Chi accessible to everyone.  Traditionally, Tai Chi is practiced standing without support.  We will use chairs as a side support for extra stability.  Each class will feature: 

Basic Moves - A sequence of simple exercises to promote good posture and balance, designed as building blocks for learning Tai Chi. 

Tai Chi Fundamentals Short Form - A simplified flowing sequence of Tai Chi movements. 

Mind/Body Skills Training - Integrated into both Basic Moves and the Short Form, fostering attention and focus. 

Cost:  Donations for the classes are accepted but not required.  If you have any questions, please call Diane Brose, PT (608) 792-7483.

Stepping On

Stepping On is a seven week (2 hours per week) evidence based program that empowers older adults to reduce their risk for falling and building confidence. The Stepping On Program focuses on how strength and balancing exercises, medication management, home safety, footwear, vision and mobility are important in preventing falls. Just below is a link to a video put together by the Eau Claire County Falls Prevention Coalition called "What We Learned Stepping On". Take a look and see what the Stepping On class has meant to them.  The video is four minutes long.  To find out when the next Stepping On class will be held in La Crosse County please call 608-785-5700 for more information.

What We Learned Stepping On    youtube link                                 

Walk Strong/Walk Tall
Walk Strong/Walk Tall is a 4-7 week falls prevention program that consists of group discussion of risk factors for falling and balance/strengthening exercises.  The program is coordinated through the Physical Therapy Program at UW-La Crosse.  For additional information contact jgreany@uwlax.edu

How to Prevent Fires and Falls

Speakers are available to community groups to offer nifty tips on how to prevent both fires and falls. - For more information contact Jeff Murphy, with the La Crosse Fire Department, at 769-9747.

Tips on How to Prevent Falls

1. Exercise regularly - Exercise builds strength and improves balance and coordination.  Ask your doctor about the best physical exercise for you.

2.  Take your time - Get out of chairs slowly.  Sit a moment before you get out of your bed.  Stand and get your balance before you walk.  Be aware of your surroundings.

3.  Clear the way - Keep stairs and walking areas free of electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, and other clutter.

4. Look out for yourself - See an eye specialist once a year.  Poor vision can increase your chance of falling.  Improve the lighting in your home.  Use night lights to light the path between your bedroom and the bathroom.  Turn on the lights before using the stairs.

5.  Wipe up spilled liquids immediately - Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.  Have grab bars installed on the wall in the tub and shower and next to the toilet.

6.  Be aware of uneven surfaces - Use only throw rugs that have rubber, non-skid backing. Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting.

7.  Tread carefully - Stairways should be well lit from both top and bottom.  Have easy to grip handrails installed along the full length of both sides of the stairs.

8.  Put your best foot forward - Wear sturdy, well-fitted, low heeled shoes with non-slip soles.  These are safer than high heels, thick-soled athletic shoes, slippers, or stocking feet.

Tips on How to Prevent Fires

1. If you smoke, smoke outside - Use deep, sturdy ashtrays.  Wet cigarette butts and ashes before throwing them out or bury them in sand.  Never smoke in bed.

2. Give space heaters space - Keep them at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn - including you.  Shut off and unplug heaters when you leave your home or go to bed.

3.  Be kitchen wise - Wear tight-fitting clothing or short sleeves when cooking.  Use oven mitts to handle hot pans.  Never leave cooking unattended.  If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.  Don't cook if you are drowsy from alcohol or medication.

4. Stop, drop and roll - If your clothes catch on fire: stop (don't run), drop gently to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth to put out the fire.  Use cool water for 3 to 5 minutes to cool the burn.  Get medical help right away.

5. Smoke alarms save lives - Have smoke alarms installed outside each sleeping area, on every level of your home, and in each bedroom.  For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all will sound.

6.  Plan and practice your escape from fire - If possible, know two ways out of every room in your home and two ways out of the home.  Make sure windows and doors open easily.  In a fire, get out and stay out.  Practice your escape drill at least twice a year.

7.  Know your local emergency number - It may be 9-1-1 or the fire department's phone number.  Once you have escaped a fire, call the fire department from a neighbor's phone or a cell phone.

8.  Plan and escape around your abilities - Have a telephone in your bedroom and post the local emergency number nearby in case you are trapped by smoke or fire.