Prevention is the Best Medicine for Falls

Fall Prevention Month

November is Falls Prevention Month in Canada

Did you know?

Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults across Canada, accounting for over 81% of all injury-related hospitalizations. [1] 4 out of 5 injury hospitalizations involving older adults were because of a fall.[2]

 

What are the Most Common Causes of Falls?

 
  • Slips and trips
  • Falls from furniture
  • Falls on stairs
 

Falls can result in serious injury, loss of mobility, and physical functioning and independence. Fear of falling in itself can be detrimental to one’s overall health and well-being. Many people who have experienced a fall limit or stop doing the things they used to enjoy doing because they are afraid of falling again. This is actually counterintuitive. When we limit or stop being active we lose balance, muscle mass, and independence.

There are more than 11,000 emergency department visits for fall-related concussions in Canada each year

But Wait! There’s Good News!

 

The good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented.

 

The Most Effective Ways to Prevent Falls:

  • Exercise to build strength and balance
  • Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water
  • Manage your medications to prevent dizziness
  • Safeguard your home
  • Take your time, don’t rush
  • Wear well-fitted shoes
  • Use proper eyeglasses and hearing aids
  • Think about using a mobility device, such as a cane, if needed

The KL-OHT Wellness Connections Program Can Help Too!

 

The Wellness Connections Program provides more information about fall prevention as well as tips and checklists. Take a simple self-assessment to see if you may be at risk, connect to services in your community, and more.  

In person support is offered to register, and explore the program and topics
offered as well as tech coaching.

 

Register for the program today or call! Register using the button below or call 705-934-1439.

Looking for More Resources?

Check out these websites for more in-depth information about falls prevention:

Fall Prevention for Seniors

You CAN Prevent Falls!


[1]Fall Prevention Month, (2022). Fall Prevention Month Fact Bank. Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. (updated by Parachute)

 

[2] Fall Prevention Month, (2022). Fall Prevention Month Fact Bank. Ontario Neurotrauma  Foundation. (updated by Parachute)