Erie County Health Department - Erie County Community Health Center

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Older Adult Falls Prevention

 

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The Erie County Health Department Older Adult Falls Prevention Grant through the Ohio Department of Health provides resources to individuals and providers to evaluate fall-risk in older adults, provide training for evidence-based exercise interventions, install home modifications, conducts walking program, and raising awareness through the Older Adult Falls Coalition and media campaigns. For more information on preventing falls in older adults, contact Cassie at 419-626-5623 ext. 175 or charmon@ecghd.org.

Tai Chi—Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi is an evidence –based exercise program designed to prevent falls in older adults. According to Harvard Health Publishing, Tai Chi may reduce falls in older adults by up to 45 percent. Because Tai Chi is a low impact exercise, it is safe for individuals of all ages and levels of fitness. To find a Tai Chi class near you or for information on how to become an instructor, contact Cassie at (419) 626-5623 ext 175 or charmon@ecghd.org.

STEADI Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative which includes educational materials and tools to improve fall prevention. Health care providers can assess fall risk and make recommendations based on the results of the assessment. The Erie County Health Department is working with local health care providers to implement the STEADI assessment in their practices. For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/index.html.

Home Modifications

The Erie County Health Department contracts with Serving Our Seniors to install shower grab bars, hand rails, raised toilet seats, lighting, hand-held shower heads, transfer chairs and other equipment in the homes of Erie County older adults who are at risk of falling. All home modification supplies and installation are covered at no cost to individuals. For more information on home modifications contact Serving Our Seniors at (419) 624-1856.

Walk with Ease **Coming Summer of 2020**

Walk With Ease is an evidence-based program proven to help reduce pain, increase balance, strength and walking pace, and improve overall health.with Ease is an inclusive program aimed at improving health and fitness in older adults. Participants develop and implement a personal walking plan with realistic goals, and get tips, strategies and resources for maintaining a long-term exercise routine.with Ease is provided in partnership with Erie MetroParks. For more information contact Cassie at 419-626-5623 ext. 175 or charmon@ecghd.org.

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. For more information on how to become a Matter of Balance coach, contact Cassie at 419-626-5623 ext. 175 or charmon@ecghd.org.