Suffolk County Offers Model Falls Prevention Workshops to Mature Residents – Programs Give Seniors a Greater Chance to Stay Independent for Life

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Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken invites mature residents to attend Suffolk County’s national award-winning program focused on falls prevention. The program is intended to empower mature adults to engage in behaviors that reduce the risks of falls, improve self-management, and improve their quality of life.

‘Stepping On,’ a CDC model program, comprises a seven-week workshop that focuses on balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. The program has proven to reduce the number of falls for participants by 31 percent.

 Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based program that applies the principles and movements of Tai Chi ito help mature residents improve their balance and increase their confidence in performing everyday activities. Tai Chi workshops are led by  trained, certified instructors. The classes meet for one hour twice a week for eight weeks.

Suffolk County falls prevention workshops will be offered as follows:

 ‘Stepping On’

 North Babylon

North Babylon Public Library

815 Deer Park Ave., North Babylon, NY 11703
Dates: Fridays, March 16, 23, April  6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
To register call 631-669-4020


Elwood Library

3027 Jericho Tpk., Elwood, NY 11731
Dates: Thursdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
To register call 631-499-3722


Stony Brook Southmpton SUNY Campus

Library at 29 Tuckahoe Rd., Southampton,  NY 11968
Dates: Fridays, March  23, 30, April  6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To register call 631-444-8385

Tai Chi


Huntington Library  338 Main St., Huntington,  NY 11968
Mondays, March 5 to April 27, 2018
Part 1: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
To register call 631-427-5165 ext. 256

Shelter Island

Shelter Island Senior Center

44 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, NY 11964
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 6 to April  26, 2018
Part 1: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To register call 631-749-1051

Hampton Bays
Stony Brook Hampton Bays Wellness Facility

*This class is specifically for patients with Parkinsons Disease*

38 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Wednesdays and Fridays, March 7 to April  27, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
To register call Patti Cronin at 631-726-8800.

*Must have an initial intake for this location.

 Additional programs will be rolled out in communities throughout Suffolk County over the course of the year. For more information about Suffolk County Falls Prevention Programs, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-853-6492 or visit:

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