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Ohio’s Answer to Preventing Injuries from Falling

A couple of years ago I met a man teaching martial arts who told me that he also was involved in educating people about falling.  It seems that his Mother had taken a bad fall and the resulting injury will hamper her everyday living from now on.  He knew  that a little bit of preventive training could have helped reduce her injury and perhaps even prevented her fall.

The story got me to thinking.  I wondered how many injuries are occurring as a result of falls, especially in my age group.

The statistics seem alarming:

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospitalization and death to Ohioans 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 Ohioans are 65 and older yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls.

Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented.  There are several things you can do to prevent yourself from being injured from a fall.

  • Get 15 minutes of simple exercise per day including walking, swimming, biking or gardening each day.
  • See your health provider for a fall risk assessment.
  • Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Eat regularly and choose a diet rich in vegetables and calcium-rich foods.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

One of the best ways to prevent falls is education.  A person’s risk of falling goes down the minute he or she becomes unafraid of falling.  In Ohio there is a statewide initiative on the issue.  It is called:



Steady U is dedicated to preventing injury and death from falling.  A person can become involved at various levels.  I have become involved, and urge everyone I know to become involved as well.  Remember falls can be prevented.

For more information on the Steady U initiative in Ohio go to:

Bill Welker

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