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Seniors’ Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury‐related deaths and hospitalizations for BC seniors and due to an aging population, falls-related hospitalizations have been steadily increasing since 2000. When an older person falls, it can come at a devastating cost resulting in loss of mobility, a reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death.

An Inventory of Canadian Programs for the Prevention of Falls & Fall-Related Injuries Among Seniors Living in the Community

The personal, economic and societal costs of falls among seniors in Canada is enormous, yet, up to now, relatively little has been done to address this serious health threat. This lack of action exists in the context that one third of seniors fall each year (O’Loughlin, 1993) and approximately half of these falls result in a minor injury, and up to 25 percent result in serious injury such as fractures or sprains (Alexander et al., 1992, Nevitt et al., 1991).

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Prevention of falls and injuries among the elderly

It can happen in an instant: reaching on a wobbly stool for something located on a high shelf, tripping over uneven pavement, slipping on a rug or a patch of ice, or getting up from a bed, a bath, a toilet or a chair. It can happen in a person’s home, in the community, while a patient is in an acute care hospital, or as a resident in a long-term…

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Unintentional Fall-Related Injuries and Deaths Among Seniors in British Columbia: Trends, Patterns and Future Projections, 1987-2012

Fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults are a major public health problem in most contemporary western societies with aging populations (Carter, Kannus & Khan, 2001; Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). Approximately 30% of individuals over 65 years of age fall at least once a year (Campbell, Borrie, & Spears, 1989), and about half of these do so recurrently (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). Given these statistics, and the changing age structure…

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