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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

Live Safely Without Falls

More information
Sources:
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Lorain County Public Health. EpiCenter, health surveillance tool. Accessed October 16, 2018.
  4. Ohio Department of Aging. Steady U Ohio. Accessed November 26, 2018.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Important Facts About Falls. Accessed November 26, 2018.