Dane County Falls Prevention

All Stepping On Falls Prevention Workshops are Canceled Until Further Notice Due to COVID-19. While we are not offering workshops to improve balance at this time, please remember that it’s important to keep moving at home during this time of social distancing. Please Click Here for examples of some exercises you can do at home that will help with balance. If you have concerns about balance, home safety, or falls during this time of social distancing and would like to speak with a trained Stepping On leader, please call Ron Dorr at 608-212-9120 between 10am – 12pm Monday through Friday.

Many Falls Can Be Prevented

Falls are the #1 cause of injury-related death in Dane County, but they don’t have to be. Falls are not a normal part of aging; they can be prevented. The Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force collaborates to find ways to reduce falls among older adults in our community at both the system and grassroot levels. Thanks to the efforts of Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force members and partner organizations, resources are available in Dane County to help older adults stay safe and independent.

Falls Prevention Task Force

Bill Huisheere, Chair, Falls Prevention Task Force

Safe Communities Staff:

Cheryl Wittke, Executive Director

Ashley Hillman, Falls Prevention Program Manager

Charlie Daniel, Prevention Specialist

Representatives from the following organizations comprise the Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force:

Active Older Adults

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

Agrace Hospice

Capitol Physical Therapy

Catholic Charities

Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin

Dane County Department of Emergency Management

Dane County Medical Society Board of Trustees

Dean Health Systems

Faith in Action of African American Council of Churches

Independent Living, Inc.

Fitchburg Senior Center

Fitch-Rona EMS

Madison Fire Department – Community Paramedic Program

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)

Madison College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Public Health Madison & Dane County

Sharing Active Independent Lives (SAIL)

Safe Communities Madison-Dane County

SSM Health

United Way of Dane County

UnityPoint Health – Meriter

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine

University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Program

University of Wisconsin School of Nursing

University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine

UW Health Faint & Falls Clinic

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association

Yahara Therapy, LLC

Yoga Community