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Ohio launches a web site to help keep seniors on their feet
Cost of falls tops $600 million
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Jo Ingles
 
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Accidental falls are the number one cause of injuries that lead to emergency room visits by older people in Ohio. In 2009, such fall-related hospitalizations cost an estimated $645 million.

So the state has unveiled a new program it hopes will help prevent such falls. The state is partnering with businesses, medical professionals and senior citizen organizations. And Gov. John Kasich says it could change lives.

LISTEN: Kasich on fall prevention

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“First of all, we want our people to be healthy. That’s the most important thing. But secondly, when you think of the cost of these kinds of falls that could be prevented….(they’re extraordinary

A new state website is offering advice to senior citizens on how to make themselves less prone to falls, including exercise tips. The new website is w-w-w-dot-steady-the letter “u”-dot.org.

That’s http://www.steadyu.org.

 

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