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A Best Practices Guide for the Prevention of Falls Among Seniors Living in the Community


A Best Practices Guide for the Prevention of Falls Among Seniors Living in the Community was prepared for the officials of the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors in Response to the Ministers’ request for a review of fall prevention programs and practices and to provide the evidence for effective approaches for reducing injury among seniors as well as efficient means of delivering prevention programs. The Guide is…

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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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Patterns of self-reported health care use in injured and uninjured older adults


There is little research on self-reported injuries in older adults. The impact of injury includes costs and services which go beyond the scope of results from hospital-based studies: for example, those recovering from an injury may require treatment from several health care providers outside hospital. Mild to moderately severe injuries can be a concern to older adults: two-thirds of those aged 65 and over report feeling restricted int heir activities…

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