Ghouls and goblins of all ages: Enjoy a spooky and steady Halloween!Ghouls and goblins of all ages: Enjoy a spooky and steady Halloween!

Halloween has become one of the year's most popular holidays for Ohioans of all ages. Whether they are taking the grand-ghouls trick-or-treating or dressing up themselves and sharing a frightful festival with friends, many older Ohioans love to celebrate Halloween as much or more as young kids and parents. You can have a scary good time this Halloween without the scary slipping and tripping that can lead to a frightening fall.

Tips for a falls-free Halloween:

Don't let "trick-or-treat" become "trip-for-treats."

  • Eat a balanced, nutritious meal before heading out to parties or trick-or-treating to make sure you have plenty of energy.
  • Keep sweet treats to a minimum to avoid high or low blood sugar levels, which can cause dizziness.
  • Carry a flashlight and watch for uneven sidewalks, curbs, debris and other tripping hazards.

Dress for Success

  • Choose a costume that fits well: Too loose, it can cause you to trip; too tight, it can limit your movement.
  • Avoid long gowns, robes, capes, accessories and props that can snag on objects or get tangled up with your feet.
  • Avoid masks that limit your peripheral vision and could cause you to miss tripping hazards. Use make-up instead.
  • Fabulous footwear might complete your costume, but sensible shoes will be less likely to send you tumbling.

Haunt the Halls

  • If you decorate your yard or home for visitors, make sure walkways are free of cords and debris and decorations are far enough away that visitors can't trip on them.
  • Battery-powered luminaries and mini-lights can provide extra lighting at foot level without spoiling spooky effects.
  • If you're going for that "big scare," make sure the area is level and clear of objects to prevent falls when people react.


10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

10 Million... No, 56 Million Steps to Prevent Falls in 2017!

For the third year in a row, the STEADY U Initiative called on community organizations, businesses and individuals to help take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls" on or around National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. The goal of "10 Million Steps" is to have at least 4,000 Ohioans walk a minimum of one mile in the name of falls prevention (4,000 participants x 2,500 average steps per mile = 10 million steps). This year, we smashed that goal, thanks to your help: 53 community partners hosted 57 walking groups or events in which 4,935 individuals of all ages walked more than 22,000 miles - that's more than 56 million steps to prevent falls!. We thank our participating communities who stepped up in a big way to help raise awareness of older adult falls and promote strategies to prevent them.

News Release: Ohio communities smash goal to take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls”


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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 minute on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, an emergency department visit every six minutes, two hospitalization each hour and three deaths each day.
  • Approximately 16 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 85 percent of fatal falls.
  • The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $1.9 billion annually in Ohio, or $5.2 million each day.
  • About three out of five falls among older Ohioans occur in the home; one in four falls occur in a nursing home or other residential facility.
  • Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!

Facts about falls in Ohio.


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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