Falls are the No. 1 cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in seniors. With the bulk of an icy winter still to come, avoiding falls becomes harder and more crucial.

Suffolk County's first 2014 fall-prevention workshops begin next week. The free "Staying Independent for Life" program provides information and techniques that can help older adults reduce the risk of falls.

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The first workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gurwin Jewish Assisted Living in Hauppauge. Call 631-853-6472 for more information and to reserve a spot.

Sayville Library is offering the same workshop on Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m. Call 631-589-4440.