Per Steady U Ohio Initiative, the Aging Department
Ways to Avoid Falling
After a long winter, now is the time to start thinking about ways to increase your activity to build strength and balance and reduce your risk of falling.
• Get at least 15 minutes of simple exercise, like walking, biking, swimming or gardening, each day.
• Attend a balance and exercise program designed to help build balance, strength and flexibility.
• Ask your health care provider for an assessment of your risk of falling.
• Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
• Get your vision and hearing checked, and talk to your vision and hearing specialists about falls.
• Eat regularly and choose a variety of vegetables and calcium-rich foods.
• Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
• Find an “A Matter of Balance” workshop in your community.
More springtime falls prevention tips…
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 two minutes on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day.
• Approximately 15 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls.
• The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $646 million annually in Ohio, or $1.8 million each day.
• Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!