How Ohio Communities Can Prevent Falls

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force estimates that 30-40 percent of older adults living in the community (i.e., not in a long-term care setting), fall at least once per year.

An AARP survey found that most older adults would prefer to continue living independently in their own communities for as long as possible. Falls are a major threat to that independence. While falls prevention begins at home, there are things that communities can do to help ensure the safety and well-being of their older residents:

  • Form a fall and injury prevention task force or coalition;
     
  • Redesign public buildings and spaces with falls prevention in mind;
     
  • Sponsor community-based falls prevention interventions (like A Matter of Balance); and
     
  • Train first-responders to conduct falls risk assessments.

 

Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition

The Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition is part of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership that helps communities identify and address the need for local falls prevention initiatives. They promote partnerships, education and policy at the state and local levels.

Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition

 

Falls Free® Initiative

The Falls Free® Initiative is a national effort led by NCOA to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults.

Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition

 

Help Residents Prevent Falls

A Matter of BalanceTai Chi

A Matter of Balance and Tai Chi are two community-based programs that have been proven to help individuals learn to manage their falls risk, build strength and balance, and increase activity levels without fear of falling. Community involvement in these programs helps make them available to more Ohioans. Learn how you can support them.

 

An older crossing guard helping a girl across the street.

Resources

Community Walkability Checklist

Preventing Falls: How to Develop Community-based Fall Prevention Programs for Older Adults (CDC)