Ohio calls all senior artists for Fall Prevention Week contest


July 22, 2011

An art contest is currently underway in Clermont County, Ohio, but the competition is only open to residents who are 60 years of age or older. This September, the county's General Health District will be sponsoring this and other events for Ohio's Fall Prevention Week.

"This contest if a fun way for Clermont County seniors to show off their artistic talent, and help educate seniors about living life to the fullest," Clermont County Health District Senior Safety Coordinator Denise Franer told Fox19.

Seniors can submit their artwork until August 22, and computer-generated images – regardless of originality – will not be eligible, but any other drawings, sculptures, fabrics or other art forms are welcomed.

Fall prevention techniques – such as keeping walkways in the home free of debris and cords, and getting regular exercise – can reduce the risk of fall-related injuries. A personal emergency response system can also help keep older adults safe. They can trust that a medical alert will contact help if anything should happen to them.

It is especially important to address the risks of falls, as the rate of death-related falls has risen dramatically in the past decade, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.