- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several groups in Ohio are teaming up in efforts to educate older citizens about the importance of preventing life-changing falls.

The Ohio affiliate of Prevent Blindness was supporting a state initiative for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Aging has been promoting its Steady U Ohio program.

Steady U Ohio and a state coalition also are working this week with retail pharmacy groups to offer screenings for older adults who regularly take medications about drug combinations that can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion that contribute to falls.

State officials say one in three Ohioans over the age of 60 will fall this year, causing emergency room visits, hospitalizations and even death.

Prevent Blindness says vision-impaired older adults are often at increased risk.

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