Fall Prevention Month

Did you know...

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians
  • 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year
  • Falls are the cause of 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations
  • Falls are the cause of 95% of all hip-fractures
  • 50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home

You can reduce the risk of falls by following some simple strategies, most of which take less than a minute:

Personal Risk Factors

  • Personal risk factors can include: vision, hearing, balance problems, dizziness, weakness, medications, pain, chronic illness, footwear.
  • Tell your doctor if you often feel dizzy or lightheaded. There are many different causes of dizziness, including some medications.
  • Once a year, have your doctor or pharmacist review all medications. As you age, the way some medications affect you can change and increase your risk of falling.
  • Have your eyes checked every year.
  • Keep open communications with your healthcare provider about any concerns!

Known Environmental Hazards

  • Environment hazards can include: lighting, clutter, spills, uneven surfaces, stairs, rugs, flooring, furniture.
  • Keep pathways, halls and stairways well lit and clear.
  • Install grab bars and use walking devices as needed.
  • Watch out for ice, cracks and uneven surfaces.
  • Wear shoes that support your feet.
  • Avoid rushing and doing too many things at once.

Keep Active, Eat Well, Hydrate

  • Regular exercise can increase muscle strength, improve balance and help prevent you from falling. Take part in activities that improve your balance such as Tai Chi.
  • Follow Canada’s Food Guide. Choose foods from the four food groups at each meal.
  • Dehydration can make you dizzy. Drink water often, even when you’re not thirsty.
  • You may not get all the calcium and vitamin D you need from foods.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider to see if supplements are right for you.

For more information and resources, visit fallpreventionmonth.ca or bayseniors.ca/health

Author: Monique

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