Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and loss of independence among seniors? In addition, they often result in disability, chronic pain, reduced quality of life and premature death.
We have to be aware and take action as falls among seniors don’t only affect those who fall, they impact family members, caregivers and society as a whole due to increased disability, support and other associated health costs.Are you or your family members at risk of falls? Take the online interactive survey "Staying Independent" here to find out.
The good news is that falls are preventable. Here are some keys to prevention:
- Increase physical activity and muscle strength
- Improve mobility and balance
- Follow the Canadian guidelines for calcium and vitamin D
- Have regular vision check-ups and correcting vision problems
- Review all medications with a doctor or pharmacist
- Reduce trip and slip hazards in the home or outdoors
Important Note: The Physical Activity Line is always there to assist you in taking action for your health and the health of your family and friends. Don’t hesitate to call 8-1-1 for FREE advice from a qualified exercise professional on how to prepare for physical activity in an effort to have fun and steer clear from injury.
Keep a lookout for our next blog to learn about seniors fall prevention awareness week.
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Today's blog has been written by Marc Faktor and Bonnie Fiala. Bonnie works for the BC Ministry of Health providing expertise on seniors' fall prevention. She's been essential in the development and management of fall prevention policies and plans for the Province. She's passionate about helping reduce incidence (and impact) of falls for BC seniors.
References & Resources:
Fall Prevention Resources (Great page with links to awesome falls prevention pamphlets, brochures, and booklets.)
Learn More About SeniorsBC Fall Prevention