Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.
Each Ohioan has the power to stay safe and remain a vital member of society by taking steps to prevent falls and fall-related injuries. May is Older Americans Month and the 2014 theme for Ohio is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow." The Ohio Department of Aging encourages all Ohioans to use the month to become more aware of the impact of falls on our elders and learn about the state's falls prevention initiative, STEADY U Ohio.
Falls and fall-related injuries pose a threat to independence and vitality. While the risk of falls increases with age, falling is not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented.
Decreased muscle mass, vision and hearing decline, medical conditions and joint pain are some of the age-related changes that can increase falls risks. However, minor changes to our home, health and habits can offset these risk factors:
Remove or secure throw rugs;
Improve lighting, especially near stairs;
Install grab bars near the toilet and shower;
Rearrange your home to make frequently used items easier to reach.
Ask your doctor about a falls risk assessment and talk about medicines you take and whether they increase your risk for falls;
have your hearing and vision checked annually.
Stay active to build muscle strength and improve balance;
Slow down and think through tasks;
stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet that includes calcium-rich foods.
STEADY U Ohio to take a falls risk self-assessment, learn specific strategies and find resources to help you reduce your risk of falling.
A Matter of Balance
Your risk of falling decreases the minute you stop being afraid of falling. People who fall (or who have a "close call") may develop a fear of falling that causes them to modify their behavior that actually increase their risk of falling again.
is a free, community-based workshop that can help you see falls as something that can be controlled. You will meet others who, like you, have made a commitment to stay falls-fee and learn to set goals, increase activity levels, exercise to improve strength and balance, and make changes around your home to reduce falls risks. A Matter of Balance
Put LIFE back into your life!
helps Ohioans stay active, make healthy choices and manage chronic conditions so that they can have the highest possible quality of life. HEALTHY U Ohio HEALTHY U: Chronic Disease helps you gain confidence in your ability to manage symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives.
There are also HEALTHY U programs specifically designed to help you live an active life with diabetes or chronic pain, as well as an online version of the chronic disease program that allows you to learn at your own pace..