Live at home safely without falls
Falls and fall-related injuries can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and independence. Falls among older adults have become an increasingly common health problem. Falling, however, is not a normal part of aging. 4 Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits in the U.S. for older adults. 5
Falls affect us all—whether personally or someone we love or care about. Falls can cause broken bones, brain injury, inability to live independently, and fear of walking 1, 2
In Lorain County on average each month, 277 incidences of falls lead to an emergency department (ED) visit. (7/1/17 - 9/30/18) 3
3,882 falls-related ED visits in Lorain County, age 65+, 10/1/17 - 9/30/18. 3
You can reduce your risk of falling in many ways - try these to start:
- Manage medications with your pharmacist
- Remove clutter from stairs and floors 4, 5
- Drink lots of water to keep hydrated
- Be active in all the seasons to be strong, flexible, and balanced - when a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling 5
3 ways to keep active:
- Sign up to take a 6-week long Matter of Balance class to improve or maintain strength, balance, and coordination. Find these no cost classes through the Ohio Department of Aging.
- Find a no-cost fitness event through the United We Sweat – check out the schedule.
- Walk with a group indoors – Whether at Midway Mall, a big box store, or at Fit Walks.
- The Fit Walks group is free and meets twice each week to walk on dry indoor tracks:
- Mondays at 5:30pm at Splash Zone in Oberlin
- Thursdays at 5:30pm at Mercy Recreation Center in Amherst
- Alexander BH, Rivara FP, Wolf ME. The cost and frequency of hospitalization for fall–related injuries in older adults. American Journal of Public Health 1992;82(7):1020–3.
- Sterling DA, O’Connor JA, Bonadies J. Geriatric falls: injury severity is high and disproportionate to mechanism. Journal of Trauma–Injury, Infection and Critical Care 2001;50(1):116–9
- Lorain County Public Health. EpiCenter, health surveillance tool. Accessed October 16, 2018.
- Ohio Department of Aging. Steady U Ohio. Accessed November 26, 2018.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Important Facts About Falls. Accessed November 26, 2018.