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Preventing Falls

October 1, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

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The chance of falling increases as you get older - yet many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented.


About one-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. Falls happen for many reasons and there are ways to prevent falls. Staying fall-free can help you keep your quality of life, avoid broken bones, and stay out of the hospital. Here is some information to keep you on your feet.

  • Prevent falls by:
    • Being more physically active and keeping muscles strong
    • Improving your mobility and balance
    • Following the Canadian guidelines for calcium and vitamin D
    • Getting your vision checked regularly and fixing vision problems
    • Going over medications with your doctor or pharmacist
    • Removing trip and slip hazards in and around your home

Did You Know?
Asking your doctor or pharmacist to review all your medications may help reduce falls.

  • Use the tool: Are you at risk of falling?
    Factors include the natural process of getting older, medications, your environment, and resources available to you. This tool helps scan for risk and gives you suggestions.
  • Fall Prevention Resources
    SeniorsBC offers a wealth of fall prevention information, including brochures, research, and websites collected from around the world.

Fact: Falls account for 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations.

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