STEADY U Ohio

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Did you know Henry County is among the worst in the state for unintentional deaths caused from falls? STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans.

Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to emergency room visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus.

“It is not an exaggeration to call falls an epidemic in Ohio,” said Ohio Kasich. “Ohio’s seniors are integral members of our communities and we want them to live long, healthy lives. To help keep older Ohioans safe and maintain their independence, we are calling on every county, every community and every individual to learn what each of us can do to prevent falls and falls-related injuries. Working together, we can reduce falls among our elders.”

An older Ohioan is injured in a fall every two minutes on average, resulting in an emergency department visit every eight minutes, two hospitalizations per hour and three deaths each day. While residents age 65-plus make up 13.7 percent of our population, they account for more than 80 percent of fatal falls.

“Falls are not a natural part of the aging process, and most falls can be prevented,” said Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman. “Preventing falls will take all of us working together, which is why we are taking a 360-degree collaborative approach. We are engaging elders and everybody who interacts with them, from their family members and health care providers to the businesses and community organizations they frequent.”

For more information, visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov , or better yet, visit the senior centers in Napoleon or Liberty Center and get involved in a Tai Chi class that is proven to improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. Classes are offered free of charge to assist seniors of Henry County to age well.