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The Area Agency on Aging services north central Ohio.

ONTARIO – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. invites the public to participate in a prevention walk on Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. to bring awareness to the prevention of falls.

Everyone is welcome to join this fun walk located inside the Richland Mall, in front of Avita Health System. Meet and walk with the Area Agency on Aging Matter of Balance class instructor, Michelle Bailey. The walk is a collaboration between the Area Agency on Aging, Richland Mall and Mall Walkers, Avita Health Systems and Richland Public Health.

The walk is to celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day and to raise awareness of the many ways older Ohioans can minimize their risks. The Area Agency on Aging and the Ohio Department of Aging initiative asks all Ohioans to help take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls" on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, and throughout the month of September.

One in three Ohioans over age 60 will fall this year, and for many of them, that fall could lead to a life-changing injury or even death. However, falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented. Regular physical activity is one of the most basic things older adults can do to prevent falls, which is why walking is the focus of this annual event.

For more information about this walk or our free classes on falls prevention call 419-524-4144.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.

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