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Exercise Your Independence Prevent Falls

Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force

It's Time To Prevent Falls.

Falling is a serious health risk among older adults. Each year, about one out of three Americans over 65 years of age experience a fall.1

Not only are falls expensive to treat, but the pain and injury they cause can have negative effects on a person's quality of life and drastically reduce a older adult's independence.

Falling is not a natural part of aging and it's important that senior adults, their families, caregivers and healthcare providers work together to prevent falls in older adults.

The Ohio Department of Aging also has a site dedicated to fall prevention. Click here to visit Steady U.
 

Our Mission:
To reduce falls and fall-related injuries in older adults through community collaboration, awareness, education and effective interventions.
 
 

"Falls and related injuries including hip fractures in the elderly deserves the same attention as other chronic diseases due to the significant mortality and morbidity associated with it. We could do more towards awareness and recognition of the problem and early prevention and interventions to avoid recurrence. Efforts of the Hamilton County FPTF are timely and will go a long way in achieving success in this area for our community seniors."

—Arvind Modawal, MD MPH,
Geriatrician and Associate Professor
of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Take The Quiz

What do you know about fall prevention?

1. Every year, one out of three elderly people fall.

2. Most falls result in serious injury.

3. More than half of all falls occur in the home.

4. After a fall, you should acknowledge that you're afraid and reduce your activities.

5. Safety equipment (grab bars, walkers) is often expensive, difficult to find, and not very attractive.

6. As you get older, you should enhance the lighting in every room in your home.

7. You have the right to change your home to make it safer, even if you are a tenant.

8. Having your vision checked every year can help prevent falls.

9. Exercising on most days of the week can help prevent falls.

10. Some medications can increase the risk of falling.

11. Falling is a natural part of aging.

 
 
 

The Facts About Falls

Statistics Overview for Hamilton County

1. Falls are the leading cause of emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to injury among adults over 65.

2. Falls are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults over 65 in Hamilton County.

3. Fourteen percent of Hamilton County's population is composed of adults over 65; this group accounts for 84 percent of all fall deaths and 69 percent of all fall hospitalizations.
Source: Hamilton County Injury Surveillance System, 2011

4. In a random survey, almost eight percent of Hamilton County residents could not identify the most common risk factors for falling and nearly twelve percent of those who were surveyed did not know how to reduce the risk of falling in older adults.
Source: Greater Cincinnati Survey, 2005

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