New program aims to help older people deal with balance issues

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WICHITA, Kansas — A new program being unveiled by Via Christi Health is called “Stepping On.”

It’s designed to teach those 60 years old and older how to cope with falling and face their fears.

“This is a  very special program because it especially designed  for the community dweller,” says Carolyn Cowart, a physical therapist.

It focuses on re-building confidence in those who have fallen or who are at risk.

Kansas will join 13 other states to offer the program.

According to numbers from Via Christi, a third of adults over the age of 60 report a fall each year. More than 7100 people visited emergency rooms in Kansas in 2009 because of injuries due to a fall.

Out of that number, 284 patients died.

“Take advantage of it, it’s great, if you can get in it, it’s perfect,” says Pedro, a Via Christi patient.

The “Stepping On” program will also help older patients in other ways.

“We have vision experts, we have community experts that come in to talk,” says Cowart.

The “Stepping On” program starts in October.

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