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Tell your older loved ones ‘don’t fall for me’ this Valentine’s Day

For all kids who love their grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives: You can help your older loved ones prevent falls by telling them “don’t fall for me” this Valentine’s Day.

You’ve probably fallen down many times in your life and may have gotten some bruises and scrapes, maybe even a broken bone. Did you know that falls can be much more serious for older adults? Some older adults may have to go to the hospital or a nursing home because of a fall. Plus, they may need more help doing things they used to do for themselves because they got hurt or are afraid of falling.

The good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging. Most falls can be prevented – and you can help! Ohio has a program called STEADY U Ohio, which teaches Ohioans of all ages how to prevent falls. Ask your parents’ permission to visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov and download free Valentine’s Day cards to give to your older loved ones, such as your grandparents, great aunts and uncles and more.

When you give them their Valentine’s card, help them look around their homes to find things that could cause them to fall. Some things to look for include:

  • Rugs – Rugs that slip or bunch up when you step on them can cause you to trip and fall.
  • Clutter – Papers, bags, cords, boxes or any other items in or near walkways should be put away in a cabinet or closet, or thrown away.
  • Lights – Older adults need more light to see well. Ask them to add lamps to dark rooms and put night lights along walkways.
  • Stairs – Is there a sturdy hand rail to help them climb up and down the steps? Is there enough light? Keep the stairway clean and clear of obstacles.
  • Kitchen – Suggest they move things they use all the time, like pots and pans and spices, to middle shelves so they can reach them without bending or stretching.
  • Bathroom – Most accidents happen in the bathroom. Look for a non-slip mat in the shower or bath tub and a rug that does not slip or bunch up. Suggest they have “grab bar” handles installed to help them get in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet.
  • Activity – Exercise is important to prevent falls. Offer to take a walk, ride bikes, swim or play games like catch, tennis and tag with them to help them stay active.

Show your loved ones how much you love them this Valentine’s Day them by helping them prevent falls.

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Stay Informed about the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack, you may not realize you’re having one

A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage of blood flow to the heart-causing cells to die. This can lead to permanent damage to the heart muscle. Keep in mind the “chain of survival” if you or a loved one experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack: Rapid activation of EMS via 9-1-1, CPR started quickly, Early use of automated external defibrillator (AED), Rapid delivery of appropriate and timely care.

Heart attacks can come with mild to severe symptoms. Studies have shown that men are more likely to have these “classic” signs and women have milder signs.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

Other symptoms of a heart attack could include unusual or unexplained tiredness and nausea or vomiting. Women are more likely to have these other symptoms. Learn more about women and heart disease(https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_women_heart.htm).

Call 9-1-1

If you notice the symptoms of a heart attack in yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you get to an emergency room, the sooner you can receive treatment to prevent total blockage and heart muscle damage or reduce the amount of damage. At the hospital, health care professionals can run tests to determine whether a heart attack is occurring and decide the best treatment.

In some cases, a heart attack requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or electrical shock (defibrillation). Bystanders trained to use CPR or a defibrillator may be able to help until emergency medical personnel arrive.

Remember, the chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

 

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