Juniper Classes

Stepping On

Increase your self-confidence and self-control to reduce your risk of falling in this class with information, discussion and group support.

Participant in a Stepping On class

About the class

This seven-week class meets once a week for two hours. This class helps participants learn strategies to reduce falls and increase strength. For this class, exercises are introduced in week one and then practiced throughout the remaining six weeks. Participants use weights to improve strength and balance throughout the program. The program also includes a follow-up home visit and a three-month “booster session” to review achievements and sustain efforts. You’ll learn: 

  • Simple and fun balance and strength exercises 
  • The role of vision in keeping your balance  
  • How medications can contribute to falls 
  • Ways to keep from falling when out in your community 
  • How to eliminate fall hazards from your home 

Stepping On® is an evidence-based program developed at the University of Sydney, Australia, and adapted for U.S. audiences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

“When I’m walking I still think, ‘lift your feet, walk heel-to-toe.’ I have stopped falling!”
— Stepping On class participant

Benefits of the class

  • Reduce fall and increase self-confidence 
  • Learn strategies for increasing strength 
  • Meet new friends 
  • Provide support and encouragement to your peers 
  • Become more involved in your community and with your neighbors 

Who should take the class

  • Has a fear of or are at risk of falling
  • Is an older adult
  • Lives independently
  • Does not use a walker indoors (cane OK)
  • Does not need a wheelchair
  • Is without a diagnosed cognitive impairment

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