Prevention of Falls in Older Adults

Welcome to the Prevention of Falls in Older Adults section. Here you will find assistance for older adults and health care workers in building skills and knowledge to avoid injuries from falls.  The goal is to reduce the frequency, severity, and impact of preventable injury from falls.

 

Statistics on Seniors’ Falls in Canada

 

  • Falls cause more than 90% of all hip fractures in seniors

  • 40% of all nursing home admissions occur as a result of falls

  • Even without injury, a fall can cause a loss in confidence and a curtailment of activities which can lead to a decline in health and function and contribute to future falls with more serious outcomes

  • A 20% reduction in falls would translate to an estimated 7,500 fewer hospitalizations and 1,800 fewer permanently disabled seniors.  The overall national savings could amount to $138 million annually.

Public Health Agency of Canada, Report on Seniors’ Falls in Canada, 2005

 

The topic of falls prevention among older adults is a major concern in Grey and Bruce counties. Grey Bruce hospitalization rates for injuries are significantly higher than the rates of Southwestern Ontario and the Province of Ontario.

  • For those aged 65 and over, the rate of hospitalization associated with injury from falls is 21% higher than Southwestern Ontario and 35% higher than the Province of Ontario. (Ontario Trauma Registry, 2001)

 

Grey Bruce has a higher percentage of seniors than the provincial average:

  • The provincial average of persons age 65+ is 13.6%.
  • Grey County has 18.7%.
  • Bruce County has 18.3%

The areas with the highest percentage of seniors are Northern Bruce Peninsula at 27.7%, Saugeen Shores at 26.8%, Blue Mountains at 24.8% and South Bruce Peninsula at 24.1%. 

 

2006 Census Population for Ontario, Grey and Bruce Counties.  (July 2007, Statistics Canada).

 

Location

Total Population

% 65+

 

Ontario

12160282

13.6%

 

 

 

 

 

Grey County

92411

18.7% (17300)

 

Owen Sound

21753

20.7% (4500)

 

Meaford

10948

20.3% (2220)

 

Georgian Bluffs

10506

14.9% (1570)

 

Chatsworth

6392

15.5% (975)

 

Blue Mountains

6825

24.8% (1625)

 

Grey Highlands

9480

18.2% (1725)

 

West Grey

12193

17.1% (2085)

 

Hanover

7147

22.7% (1625)

 

Southgate

7167

12.8% (915)

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Total Population

% 65+

Ontario

12160282

13.6%

 

 

 

Bruce County

65349

18.3% ( 11990)

Northern Bruce Peninsula

3850

27.7% (1065)

South Bruce Peninsula

8415

24.1% (2025)

Saugeen Shores

11720

26.8% (3145)

Arran-Elderslie

6747

15.3% (1030)

Brockton

9641

16.3% (1570)

Kincardine

11173

17.3% (1935)

South Bruce

5939

13.6% (805)

Huron-Kinloss

6515

17.9% (1165)

Neyaashiinigmiing FN

591

12.7% (75)

Saugeen FN

758

4.6% (35)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is compelling evidence to support the use of multidisciplinary, multifactorial, health and environmental approaches to fall prevention.  A comprehensive approach to fall prevention among seniors typically includes a combination of assessment and interventions such as:

  • Exercise programs
  • Behaviour change
  • Medication review and modification
  • Treatment of contributing health conditions
  • Assistive and protective devices
  • Environmental modifications
  • Education

(Source: Public Health Agency of Canada. Report on Seniors Falls in Canada, 2005)

 

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