Published on Wednesday, November 1, 2023
By Alysa Shewfelt, Health Promoter
In 2017, the rate of emergency department visits for unintentional falls in Grey-Bruce was the highest in Ontario. On average, falls cause 8,630 emergency department visits, 743 hospitalizations, and 29 deaths locally each year.
A fall can happen at any age, but the risk of falling increases with age. Our bodies naturally change as we get older, and these changes affect the way we feel, move, and behave. A fall can have a devastating and lasting impact on a person, resulting in injury, chronic pain and a reduced quality of life. Even without an injury, a fall can cause an older adult to lose confidence and limit their activities for fear of falling again. The good news is that falls are preventable. There are several steps you can take to prevent having a trip, slip or fall.
Here are some of the most effective fall prevention strategies:
As you age, falls can occur in your home because of hazards that are easily overlooked, but important to fix. It’s important to ensure your home is safe, especially if you are doing more exercise and activities.
As our population ages, fall prevention remains critical.
Without successful prevention strategies, we face the challenging and costly issue of providing treatment and facilities to care for those who have been injured due to a fall.
Falls in seniors – Parachute
Ambulatory Visits 2003–2016, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, IntelliHEALTH Ontario, Date Extracted: November 26, 2018. Ontario Mortality Data 2003-2015, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, IntelliHEALTH Ontario, Date Extracted: February 5, 2019. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Snapshots: Emergency department visits for injuries Snapshot: emergency department visits for falls–age standardized rate (both sexes) 2017 [Internet]. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; c2019 [updated 2019 Apr 5; cited 2019 Apr 17]
Categories: Your Health, Injury Prevention
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