Give the gift of falls prevention

By Holly Steele - For The Register-Herald

EATON — Valentine’s Day is a time to show those in our lives how much we care. However, buying a gift for an older loved one can be challenging, especially someone who probably doesn’t need anything. Gestures to keep them safe and independent can mean more than cards or flowers (and last longer, too).

The STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative ( offers these gift ideas to help prevent falls:

• Tiny flashlights to attach to keys, purses and coat buttons for extra visibility during winter months

• Night lights that complement the loved one’s décor, but also

help light the way around their home

• Automatic lights over stairways and by outside entrances

• Spike-less ice and snow shoe gripper sole covers for extra stability when walking on slippery surfaces

• Higher toilets or toilet seat extensions

• Professionally installed grab bars in the bathroom

• Firm stair railings on both sides of stairways

• A folding step-stool with a hand rail for access to out-of-reach places

• Fall alarm systems that are motion triggered without hitting a button

• Sign up with her for exercise classes aimed at preventing falls

What better way to show how much you care about your loved one’s well-being than to help her reduce her risk of slipping, tripping or falling. Give the gift of peace of mind — for both you and your loved one.

Visit for more tips and resources to prevent falls. Come to the Preble County Senior Activities Center to exercise in our fitness room and see all the resources we have to offer as well.

Like our Facebook Page at or give us a call at 937-456-4947. Visit our website at Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter that is now in color and features all our latest news and activities.

By Holly Steele

For The Register-Herald