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.