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Fall Prevention Classes: Mild Risk

Parkinson’s Exercise Program – 2024

UW Health

This class is specifically for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson Disease. Class content is based on current research focusing on improving mobility. It consists of multi-directional treadmill walking and floor exercises emphasizing trunk mobility. Additional strengthening exercise with resistance equipment may be given on an individual basis. All new participants must present a physician’s authorized screening prior to participation.   

Tues/Thurs, January 2 – April 19, 2024 (no class 3/26 or 3/28); 12:05 – 1:25 (Divided into class times of 12:05-12:55 or 12:35-1:25)

UW Health Fitness Center, Science Drive Medical Center, 621 Science Dr., Madison                       

Cost: $456 (some discounts available)                                                                         

Call 608-263-7936 to schedule a screening before enrolling                             

Visit www.uwhealth.org/PEP for more information

Living Falls Free

Living Falls Free is a practical falls risk reduction exercise class. Course content includes learning the exercises of the as well as learning falls reduction strategies specific for your life. Class includes a take-home exercise program and pre/post performance testing. This is a moderate level class with walking, rocker boards, strength work and exercise at standing, chair and floor level. Gait dynamics and movement technique are emphasized. 

Participation Requirements: All new participants must receive Physician’s Authorization screening prior to starting class.

Wednesdays, February 21 – May 1, 2024 (no class 3/27) from 10:45am – 11:45am

UW Health Fitness Center, Science Drive Medical Center, 621 Science Dr., Madison                       

Cost: $156 (some discounts available)                                                                           

Call 608-263-7936 to schedule a screening before enrolling                                                          

Visit www.uwhealth.org/LFF for more information    

Balancing Act

This program is designed to increase balance and decrease the risk of falling by using tai chi movements and principles. Standing and chair-based exercises are adapted to individual needs. Classes are held at Madison School & Community Recreation locations.  Click here to visit the MSCR website for more details.

Available Classes: Call 608-204-3023 

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR offers multiple classes which can improve balance and help prevent falls. The “B” (for balance) symbol identifies exercise classes that help prevent falls in older adults. The “B” classes incorporate both balance and strength training. Scientific literature has shown balance training to be the best exercise for fall prevention.
https://www.mscr.org/our-programs/50-fitness-programs

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SAFE COMMUNITIES

getting involved

The partnerships built by Safe Communities have created a safer community, with more opportunities for education and awareness. We continue to envision a safer future for the people who live in Madison and Dane County, with instances of unnecessary deaths and serious injuries are infrequent, rather than a daily occurrence.

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.