Evidence-Based Program: Stepping On

Stepping On is endorsed by the CDC because its one-of-a-kind multifactorial approach, a seven session small group community-based falls prevention workshop, based on behavior change, preventative framework and principles of adult education, focusing on four critical domains: balance and strength exercises; medication review; vision review; and home modifications.

Note: Track health promotion program guidance during COVID-19 regularly for updates to program implementation and training options. Programs traditionally implemented in-person may be temporarily allowable by telephone or online.

  • Target audience: Adults age 60+ who are cognitively intact, live in their own home or apartment (not nursing home or assisted living) and do not use a walker inside of their home, scooter or wheelchair some or all of the time.  (Cane ok)
  • Health outcomes: 31% reduction in falls risk.
  • Delivered by: Two 3-day trained facilitators: aging network professionals, health care providers or fitness instructors. Another model includes 1 trained facilitator who has completed the 3 -day in person training and one peer leader.
  • Program type: Group
  • Format: In-person in community, (online options being tested in Fall 2020)
  • Length: 7 sessions
  • Training: Online, in-person
  • Professional required: Yes or no
  • Accessibility adaptations available: Yes, limited
  • Cultural adaptations available: Yes
  • Available in languages other than English: Spanish under development, has been delivered in Hmong/Lao.
  • Topic(s):
    • Falls Prevention

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