This Valentines Day, ask the special ones in your life NOT to fall for you!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Show your older loved ones how much you care with a special Valentine's Day message

Valentines Fall Prevention Card
Send your older loved one a special fall prevention Valentine

Columbus, Ohio – Caregiving is the ultimate expression of love and devotion, so on this Valentine’s day, the STEADY U Ohio initiative encourages all Ohioans to learn what they can do to help an older loved one avoid a life-altering fall. About one in three Ohioans will fall this year – don’t let someone you love become part of this statistic.

  • Don't let someone you care about become afraid of falling. People who fall (or nearly fall) may develop a fear of falling and modify their behavior in ways that actually increase their risk of falling again.
  • Talk about falls prevention... often. Many older adults may be reluctant to talk about falling because they see it as a threat to their independence. Bring the topic up frequently and be persistent, but respectful.
  • Help your loved one remain physically active. Any type of movement helps, from simply lifting your legs while you watch TV and marching in place in the kitchen, to walking and exercise programs.
  • Don't ignore chronic pain. Pain can cause your loved one to resist activity and exercise. Likewise, some pain medications can affect balance and stability.
  • Include your loved one in decisions about changes to her home. There are many simple and inexpensive changes that can significantly reduce the risk of slipping, tripping and falling.
  • Encourage appropriate use of assistive devices. Walkers and canes can help with balance. Folding step stools with hand rails are a far safer alternative to reaching high places than chairs or other furniture. Other devices, such as tools for reaching and grabbing, can keep a loved one from over-extending and losing balance.
  • Promote good nutrition and hydration. A balanced diet promotes overall general health and staying properly hydrated prevents low blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and confusion.

Visit and follow SteadyUOhio on Facebook and Twitter for more falls prevention tips and resources. From the SteadyU Facebook page, you can share a Valentine's Day e-card with a special fall prevention message

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About STEADY U Ohio – Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor 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. Visit

Source: Ohio Department of Aging