Research shows that every year 1 out of 3 seniors will fall.Falls are the number one reason for injury-related death, hospitalization and emergency department visits for older adults in Canada. Falls among older adults cost $5.6 billion annually – nearly 20 per cent of the total cost of injury in Canada.
By the Numbers (Age 65+, in Canada)
5000 deaths (average of 14 seniors per day)
425,000 Emergency Department visits, and
28,000 ongoing disabilities
So what’s the best way to combat this epidemic of falls?
Awareness and Prevention!
In this meeting we will discuss fall prevention, home modifications indoors or outdoors, and some resources to consider to help around the home to prevent and detect falls.
Nancy Edwards, RN (non-practising), PhD, FCAHS
Board Member, CARP Ottawa Chapter
Professor Emerita and Distinguished Professor
School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
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