Physical Therapist Guest Experts
Physical therapist volunteers play a significant role in Stepping On workshops. They demonstrate the program exercises for participants and advise safe modifications to make the exercises easier or more challenging. Participants really enjoy the time they have with the PT since they participate in 3 of the 7 workshop sessions. Are you interested in learning more about becoming a PT volunteer? Take a look at the details of the role here: VolunteerMatch.org Listing
Handouts for Physical Therapists
Here are all the materials you will need for your role in Stepping On.
- Session 1
- Session 1 Exercise Guide
- Session 2
- Session 6
- Strength and Balance Exercise Manual
- Reactive Balance Exercise
In the picture above, volunteer Melissa Lage is talking with a Stepping On group about making modifications to their strength and balance exercises. Melissa is a Physical Therapist who has generously given her time to support the Stepping On program as a guest expert. When we asked her why she decided to volunteer for this program, this is what she said:
“I decided to volunteer with Stepping On because I was curious about the program, and found the outcomes from Australia to be very positive. The fact that it was geared towards fall “prevention” was really intriguing to me as well. As a PT that practices in many settings spanning acute care to home health, I see first-hand the ramifications of what falls can do to an individual, as well as their family. Sometimes it is life-changing.
What I love about volunteering, is that the participants are very engaged, ask meaningful questions, and really want to educate themselves. They are extremely interested on how to become more confident and safe with navigating in inclement weather, on uneven terrain, steps, etc. The seminar leaders at Faith Community Nurse Network are very knowledgeable and take the time to personalize each session topic towards the participants’ interests or current struggles. I hope to volunteer with this terrific program for many years to come!”
About Stepping On
Below you will find general background information about Stepping On for your own information.
Research Articles and Bibliography:
- Article from the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 2004- by Dr. Lindy Clemson
- Use this article describing the original research supporting Stepping On
- Article from Frontiers in Public Health, 2015- by Dr. Jane E. Mahoney
- Use this article describing the effects of the Stepping On Program in Wisconsin
The FCNN Stepping On workshops are supported, in part, by a Live Well at Home grant from Minnesota Department of Human Services.