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Don't fall for me, Valentine!
Valentine's Day is coming. Love is in the air, but hidden falls risks may be underfoot for someone you love. Celebrate this time of love and devotion by helping the people you care about most to prevent falls and fall-related injuries. Tell your valentine: "Don't fall for me!"
Risk factors to look for in older loved ones:
- Fear of falling - Being afraid of falling can cause your loved ones to change their behavior in ways that actually increase their risk of falling.
- Chronic conditions - Medications for chronic conditions common in older adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and pain, can make them dizzy or drowsy.
- Nutrition - If your loved ones aren't eating a balanced diet rich in vital nutrients, they may not have the strength they need to stay on their feet or avoid injury if they do fall.
- Hydration - If your loved ones aren't getting enough non-alcoholic liquids to drink, they may experience dizziness and instability.
- Assistive devices - Canes and walkers can help some older adults significantly reduce their risk for falling, but only if properly adjusted and used appropriately.
- Environmental hazards - Inadequate lighting, clutter, rugs, pets and floors in need of repair are some of the most common fall risks in the home.
More tips to help loved ones prevent falls...
Winter READY | Winter STEADY
Ohio winters are unpredictable and can bring a variety of weather, including snow, ice, extreme cold, wind and more. These can create significant hazards for all Ohioans, but especially our elders. Be Winter READY by having plan for winter's extremes.
Wintry conditions increase the risk of taking a potentially life-changing spill. Here are a few ways to stay Winter STEADY.
Take a falls risk self-assessment.
Did you know...?
- Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older
- An older Ohioan falls every two minutes on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day.
- Approximately 15 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls.
- The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $646 million annually in Ohio, or $1.8 million each day.
- Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!
It Takes Everyone
Most falls in older adults can be prevented. A person's risk for falls goes down the minute he or she stops being afraid of falling. Preventing falls for every older Ohioan will take a community approach.
Everyone - from the individual and his family, to doctors and nurses, to business owners and managers, to community leaders and more - has a role to play in preventing falls. It's like the old saying goes, "united we stand, divided we fall." What's your role in preventing falls in Ohio?
If you wish to become involved in the STEADY U initiative, contact us or subscribe to be notified of opportunities. Opportunities include community falls prevention coalitions, serving as a lay leader in the A Matter of Balance Program, and more.
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About STEADY U Ohio
STEADY U Ohio is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, supported by Ohio government and state business partners to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how they can prevent falls, one step at a time. This website is the source in Ohio for falls prevention information, tools and other resources.
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