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Have a Falls-Free Summer

Winter has its ice and snow, and spring brings mud and debris, but what falls hazards does summer in Ohio bring with it? As you try to beat the heat and weather summer storms, you can adopt some healthy habits to stay on your feet all season long.

  • Wear loose clothing to stay cooler, but stay away from items that are so loose or baggy that they could trip you or catch on nearby objects.
     
  • Wear sunglasses or a hat to reduce glare from the sun while outdoors.
     
  • If your eyeglasses become tinted in the sun, give them time to transition before moving around indoors or in shady areas.
     
  • Trade sandals and flip-flops for walking shoes that fit well and give proper support.
     
  • Stay hydrated to prevent dizziness and fainting.
     
  • Keep fans and extension cords out of walkways, and pick up any papers or objects blown about by fans or open windows immediately.
     
  • Keep flashlights near your bed, in the kitchen and next to your favorite chair to make sure you have one handy if the lights go out.
     
  • Don’t walk through water, mud or debris in outdoor walkways.
     
  • Make sure rugs and mats are secured to the floor.

Weather and Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
Summer Weather Safety for Older Adults

More ways to prevent falls...

Click here to take a falls risk self-assessment.
Take a falls risk self-assessment.

 

10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

2nd Annual 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

For the second year in a row, the STEADY U Initiative called on all Ohioans to help take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls." Getting 15-30 minutes of physical activity every day is one of the most basic things you or a loved one can do to reduce your risk of falling. Walking strengthens muscles, improves balance and increases stamina, all of which can make you steadier on your feet.

Throughout the month of September, 59 partner organizations organized 55 community events to raise awareness of older adult falls prevention and, most importantly, provide opportunities for Ohioans of all ages to get moving. More than 3,500 Ohioans walked approximately 6,800 miles - that's 17 million steps!

Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who helped make this event an undeniable success!

News Release: 59 organizations, 3,500+ Ohioans help exceed "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls"

 

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.

 

Falls Prevention in the News
Falls Prevention in the News

 

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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