Fall Prevention

Why is Fall Prevention important?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, one-third of adults over the age of 65 fall every year and 6% of those falls required hospitalization. Unfortunately, Wisconsin has one of the highest death rates caused by falls, but the good news is most falls can be prevented!

Stepping On Fall Prevention Program

A 7 week fall prevention program designed for individuals over the age of 60 who live independently. There will be a one 2-hour session per week. Participants will learn:

  • Balance and strengthening exercises
  • How to identify fall hazards in the home
  • How vision, medication, and sleep can influence risk of falling
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Tips for navigating outdoors

This program includes presentations from physical therapists, pharmacists, and other experts to give more insight on fall prevention.

Research shows the Stepping On program has successfully reduced falls by 31%!

Is Stepping On for me?

Stepping On is designed for people over the age of 60 who live independently. If you live in a nursing home, use a walker or wheelchair, or have a cognitive impairment, please contact your primary care doctor for appropriate recommendations and assistance.

The South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department hosts the Stepping On program throughout the year. For more information please contact us at the health department or visit the Stepping On website.

Join us for Stepping On!

**Our current class has begun, to find other stepping on courses please visit the WIHA website.

Where: South Milwaukee Administration Building 
2424 15th Ave. South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Council Chambers
When: Every Tuesday from April 4-May 16 / 9:00-11:00am