September 26th, 2014 Posted in Recent News
This Tuesday was “Falls Prevention Awareness Day” in Ohio and it served as a great way to educate and motivate Ohioans on the importance of being as safe as possible to prevent falls.
It may not be well known, but falls have a huge impact on Ohioans. In fact, they’re the leading cause of injury for adults who are age 65 years or older in our state, according to the Ohio Department of Health. An older adult falls in Ohio every 2.5 minutes on average resulting in three deaths each day, two hospitalizations each hour, and an emergency department visit every eight minutes. Yet even with these chilling facts, falls are one of the most easily preventable injuries.
Falls not only cause physical strain but can be a significant financial burden as well, so here’s a few ways OAZ recommends keeping you and your family safe:
1. Stay healthy. Exercise and eat a diet rich in calcium to keep your bones strong. This will decrease your odds of losing your balance and increase your odds of avoiding injury should you take a tumble anyway (as not all accidents can be avoided).
2. Check your vision. Maintaining good vision ensures that you can see where you are going and what is in your path at all times. Be sure to wear glasses or contacts if you need them, especially at night. Stay on top of checkups and visit your eye doctor regularly.
3. Remove environmental hazards. Things like rugs, slippery floors or clutter can offer unexpected obstacles in your path. Keep walkways clear and free of “loose” items that could cause you to trip. Install railings and light fixtures to ensure safety and visibility on stairs and in dark hallways.
4. Ask for help. One of the biggest oversights we see when it comes to patients who have fallen is their hesitation to ask for help when it is needed. Never be shy to ask for a steady hand or a slower pace. If there is a railing or sturdy structure nearby, always use it to steady yourself. This will ensure your safety, and also the safety of those around you.
Though falling is particularly harmful to older adults, it is important to remember that it can become a danger to anyone at any age. Always remember to stay safe and focused, especially during the winter months as inclement weather can create additional hazards. Stay in tune with your body and never be afraid to ask for assistance!
Talk With Your Doc
To learn more about bone and joint health, join Dr. Steven H. Kimberly for a public discussion on Tuesday, September 30, regarding the treatment of osteoarthritis: facts, myths and things in between. Hosted by Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville (2854 Bell St., Zanesville, OH 43701), this free community talk is open to the public, but space is limited. Please call 740-588-1089 to reserve your spot today!
Getting Treated at OAZ
At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, our physicians are dedicated to finding the right approach for everyone’s individual needs. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.
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