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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Feb. 9, 2010

February Episode of "Finer With Age" Discusses Balance and Falls
Simple Balance and Flexibility Training Can Reduce Injury and Improve Life

COLUMBUS - In the February episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers, Director Barbara E. Riley and medical experts discuss the risk of falls-related injuries and simple steps older Ohioans can take to improve their balance and prevent falls. Her guests are Dr. Sheila Faryman and physical therapist Kristin Beadle, who provide information on falls prevention and talk about the Balance and Mobility Clinic, a project of Riverside Methodist Hospital's Gerlach Center for Senior Health and therapy provider Robinson-Brown & Associates.

"Each year more than one-third of Americans age 65 and older suffer from falls. In fact, falling is the leading cause of injury-related death in seniors," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. "Increasing your confidence and improving your physical ability can decrease your likelihood of falling, but many people ignore the value that simple balance and flexibility training can add to their overall health."

In the second segment, the trio goes on location to the Balance and Mobility Clinic, where Director Riley undergoes a balance evaluation and learns about the many different things that contribute to our balance.

"Finer With Age" is produced monthly by the Ohio Department of Aging and is broadcast on select cable access and public broadcasting stations throughout the state. Check your local listings or contact your cable provider for air times. Viewers also may watch current and recent episodes on the program's Web site, FinerWithAge.com.

About ODA

The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.