Category Archives: Elder Care

Older Driver Safety

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

Talking with an older person about their driving is often difficult. Most of us delay that talk until the person’s driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. At that point, conversations can be tense and awkward for everyone involved. But there are things you can say and do to make those conversations more productive and less tense.

Learning How to Understand and Influence Older Drivers​ will help you support an older driver’s needs, as well as find community resources that can help put your older-driver plan into action. If you have decided to initiate a conversation with an older loved one about driving safely, take these three steps:

  1. Collect information;
  2. Develop a plan of action; and
  3. Follow through on the plan.

You might also want to consider learning how to adapt a motor vehicle to accommodate the unique needs of an older driver and discussing it with your loved one.

For more tips on how to handle the delicate subject of driving safety with much older loved ones who are still driving, go to our link to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website on the following link.

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State Aging Officials Offer Tips To Prevent Falls

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

(Columbus) — Falls are an epidemic among older Ohioans. The following facts compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shed light on the importance of fall prevention in Ohio.

Data from the Ohio Department of Health:

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among Ohioans age 65 and older.
  • While residents age 65 and older make up 18% of our population, they account for more than 87% of fatal falls.
  • In 2019, on average, four adults age 65 and older died each day as the result of a fall.
  • From 2010 to 2019, the annual number of fall-related deaths among older adults increased by 55%.
  • In 2019, the rate of fall-related deaths among Ohioans age 65 and older was 75.7 falls per 100,000 residents.
  • In 2019, women made up 55% of fall-related deaths, compared to 45% for men. However, men had a higher rate of fall-related deaths than women (87.4 deaths per 100,000 men vs. 67.4 deaths per 100,000 women).
  • The risk of falling increases with age. From 2010 to 2019, Ohioans age 85 and older had the highest rate of fall-related deaths each year. 
  • In 2019, 57% of fall-related deaths among older Ohioans occurred in the home and 29% occurred in a residential institution, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.

The causes of falls vary. Risk factors include:

  • Lower body weakness;
  • Chronic health conditions such as depression, diabetes, obesity and COPD;
  • Poor nutrition;
  • Use of multiple medications;
  • Reduced vision;
  • Home hazards;
  • Weather and outdoor conditions;
  • Disability;
  • Lack of physical activity; and
  • Fear of falling.

Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented. Learn how to prevent falls with STEADY U Ohio.