Fall – as in tripping, not autumn – statistics and their impact on older adults are daunting.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 20 to 30 percent of seniors experience one or more falls each year and they’re the leading cause of injury among older Canadians.
In fact, falls cause 85 percent of seniors' injury-related hospitalizations and 95 percent of all hip fractures.
See the full statistics in an infographic here: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/seniors_falls-chutes_aines/assets/pdf/infographic-infographie2_2015-eng.pdf
If you’re concerned about falling or if a loved one is in danger of falling, consider assessing the potential factors, whether they stem from muscle weakness, chronic health conditions, inappropriate footwear, poor eyesight, or in-home dangers.
Here’s a room-by-room checklist to identify the dangers lurking at home and ways to minimize risk. www.preventfalls.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SOYF_HomeSafetyChecklist.pdf
Find other fall prevention resources and organizations at: www.canadianfallprevention.ca/links/partners/
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