Welcome to the Falls Prevention website.  The next Stepping On class begins on Wednesday March 18th and continues each Wednesday through April 29th  from 9-11am at Gundersen Clinic in Onalaska.  To register call 775-3054.  There is another class beginning Monday March 23rd and continues on Mondays through May 4th from 9:30am til 11:30 am at First Presbyterian Church, 233 West Ave S, La Crosse. Please call the Aging unit at 785-9710 to register.
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This website provides information on how to prevent falls among older people.

One in every three people 65+ will fall this year.

Falls are NOT a natural part of aging, but are on the rise.

From an article entitled "Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation"

    By Kate Hafner, New York Times, Nov 2, 2014" 

"The dangers are real.  The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, the most recent year for which fatality numbers are available - almost double the number 10 years earlier. 

The rate of severe falls has been increasing for Americans over the age of 65.  Researchers say that there has also been a rise in diseases linked to falls: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and Parkinson's disease.  In some cases, the medication to treat the disease can increase the risk of falling. 

More than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade.  All told, in the decade from 2002-2012, more than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls.  Falls are the leading cause of injury-releated death in that age group."

Use this site for information, programs, and resources to help reduce your risk of falling. For more information, please contact:

The La Crosse County Aging Unit
400 4th Street North, Room 2260
La Crosse, WI 54601
608.785.9710