Some things in life aren’t under your control; some things in life are due to ‘chance’. But many risk factors important to the prevention of serious falls and fall-related injuries, which result in hospital stays, surgery and mobility limitations, are under your influence.
Did you know that:
- The risk of falling increases with age but falls are not a normal part of aging
- Falls are the leading cause of injury for about one third of older adults (aged 65+) in Canada; same rate for older adults in BC
- 23-30 per cent of older adults experience one or more falls per year
- Falls and related injuries are a leading cause of loss of independence. In these cases, 40 per cent of older adults will go to residential care facilities after their injury.
- Falls were the single greatest cause of injury health care costs for older adults (ages 65+ years), and made up over a third of total injury costs in BC in 2010
Each year since 2007, British Columbia has proclaimed a week in November as ‘Seniors Fall Prevention Awareness Week’ You can do your part in preventing falls year round by making healthy choices which reduce your lifetime accumulation of fall risks so that you live the best possible adventures you can imagine for yourself.
Author's Bio: Linda Phillips is a Senior Policy Analyst in Injury Prevention at the Ministry of Health who works on fall prevention for frail seniors and injury prevention. When she’s not preventing injuries she loves to horseback ride.
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