One out of every three Americans age 65 and over falls at least once annually. Fall-related injuries among older adults are a major public health concern, and prevention of falls has emerged as a key issue in avoiding the risks to mobility and health that exist due to falls. Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program designed to help older adults take control of their fall risk factors, explore different behavioral steps, and reduce their fall risk. This study shares findings from evaluation efforts conducted with 182 older adult participants in Stepping On from 2013 to 2015. Older adults in the program demonstrated (1) high satisfaction with program quality; (2) positive impacts on knowledge related to fall risk factors and prevention; and (3) substantial followthrough on behavioral steps designed to minimize fall risk. Program participants also shared positive feedback on the program in response to open-ended questions. Implications of the findings for fall risk reduction and programs to enhance fall prevention among older adults are discussed. Programs designed to reduce fall risk factors and enhance quality of life can be a critical tool to assist older adults, educators, and community leaders in addressing this public health issue.
Strommen, J., Brotherson, S. E., & Yang, Z. (2017). Older Adult Knowledge and Behavior Change in the Stepping On Fall Prevention Program in a Community Setting. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(3), 8. https://scholarsjunction.msstate.edu/jhse/vol5/iss3/8
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