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Falls Prevention Classes Offer Mature Residents a Greater Chance to be Independent for Life

August 25, 2014

Falls Prevention Classes Offer Mature Residents a Greater Chance to be Independent for Life

September is Falls Prevention Month

County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, today announced that Suffolk County will be expanding its popular falls prevention program, offering workshops at venues throughout the county this September, Falls Prevention Month. The programs aim to empower mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life.

‘Stepping On’*
‘Stepping On,’ is a seven-week model program that focuses on  improving balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program has proven to reduce the number of falls for participants by 31 percent.  

Tuesdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28; classes run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Huntington Library, 338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
To register contact: Nancy Freeman 631-427-5165 x299 or Nelida Zoeller 631-853-6472

Workshop registration will take place on September 16 and 23 only. *The number of openings for ‘Stepping On’ is limited. Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Staying Independent for Life
“Staying Independent for Life” covers much of the information that is provided in the ‘Stepping On’ program in a condensed two-hour session.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Elwood Public Library, 3027 Jericho Tpke. Elwood, NY 11731
To register call 631 499-3722

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY 11725
To register call 462-9800 ext. 147 or 121

Mount Sinai
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Rose Caracappa Senior Center, 739 RTE 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766
To register call Nelly Zoeller 631-853-6472

September 5, 2014, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Brentwood Nutrition Center, 16 Second Ave., Brentwood, NY 11717
To register call 436-6072

September 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Huntington Library, 338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
To register call Nancy Freeman 631-427-5165 ext. 299

September 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772
To register call 654-4700

September 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 p.m.
Riverhead Nutrition Center, 60 Shade Tree Lane, Riverhead, NY 11901
To register call 722-4444 ext. 736

September 18, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Copiague Memorial Library, 50 Deauville Blvd., Copiague, NY 11727
To register call 691-1111

September 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
North Shore Public Library, 250 Route 25A, Shoreham, NY 11786
To register call 929-4488

Programs will be rolled out in communities throughout Suffolk County over the course of the year. For additional information about Suffolk County falls prevention programs, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-853-3089 or visit:

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