Community Health Staff offer programing to work toward preventing injury in Defiance County. One way to prevent injury is providing education and programming focused towards older adults. Falling is not a normal part of getting older. There are steps you can take, or help your loved ones take, to create a safe environment and lifestyle.
Effective strategies to prevent falls include:
- Promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable
- Setting realistic goals for increasing activity
- Changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors
- Promoting exercise to increase strength and balance
Explore the resources below to learn more about A Matter of Balance, and other ways to prevent injuries caused by falling.
View the links below to learn more about A Matter of Balance.
In 2021 DCGHD was awarded a mini-grant for A Matter of Balance due to one master trainer retiring. One staff member was able to complete a master trainer course. DCGHD now has two master trainers, one which can provide virtual trainings. If you are interested in attending or hosting A Matter of Balance, please contact us!
Click the link below to view reports of Senior Falls in Defiance County.
The State of Ohio have many resources for older adults, and family members, or caregivers of older adults who are at risk of falling, or who may have fallen in the past.
Finding Balance | For Caregivers
Preventing Falls | Individuals
Falls Prevention | Department of Aging (ohio.gov)
Falls Risk Self-Assessment | Department of Aging (ohio.gov)
The Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition | Ohio Department of Health
STEADI stands for Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries. STEADI is an initiative from the CDC’s Injury Center created for Healthcare Providers who treat older adults who are at risk of fallen, or who have fallen in the past.
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