The Ohio Department of Aging is putting out some really cool stuff right now about preventing falls. For instance, did you know:
Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented.
30 percent of adults age 65 and over living in the community fall each year.
On average, an older Ohioan suffers a fall every two minutes; sustains a fall-related injury every five minutes; is hospitalized every 30 minutes; and an emergency room visit every eight minutes.
Falls result in an average of three deaths among older Ohioans daily.
Don't fret. The Ohio Department of Aging has implemented a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program is call A Matter of Balance, and it can help you if:
You are age 60 or older.
You have fallen in the past.
You don't do some things you enjoy because you fear falling.
You would like to be more flexible, stronger and have better balance.
A Matter of Balance is a program of small-group classes to help participants view falls as controllable. The eight two-hour sessions are designed to fit into your schedule. People just like you lead the session and have been trained to help you maintain healthy, active lifestyles free from falls and injuries.
Participants learn to:
View falls as something you can control.
Set goals and increase your activity levels.
Make changes around your home to reduce fall risks.
Exercise to increase strength and balance.
If you live in Seneca or Wyandot county, your contact person is Bev Rosich, Area Agency on Aging, Ohio District 5. Her phone number is (800) 522-5680, ext. 1157. If you live in Sandusky County, your contact person is Robert Sullivan, Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio. His phone number is (419) 725-7038.
If you are computer savvy, www.aging.ohio.gov/steadyu/
aspx is a website you should check out. You can get all kinds of prevention tips to avoid falls. The one I especially liked is remove rugs that are curling at the edges. Also, be sure your shoes are clean of mud to maintain maximum traction and avoid slipping. Have your physician check your medications to see if they may be a culprit in balance issues.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It now has a website, www.mhrsbssw.org, and a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board's hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.