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What are you doing for Fall Prevention Week this year?

03/11/2015
We can’t ignore the facts: A senior is hospitalized for a fall every 10 minutes. About 40% of these falls involve a hip fracture, and about half of the seniors who suffer hip fractures never fully recover.

The consequences 

In economic terms, the cost is staggering: Canadians spend about $3 billion a year on injuries related to seniors falling. Even worse, the quality of life for seniors who have fallen is seriously affected. In the short term, a fall may mean hospitalization and surgery. In the long term, it may mean the loss of independence or the inability to participate in cherished activities.

What can you do to prevent falls?

Some people believe that falls are a normal part of aging and can’t be prevented, or think that it won’t happen to them. The truth is: everyone is at risk. The good news is that many risk factors are within our control to change.
  • Keep your body active: You are less likely to fall if you have strong muscles and good balance.
  • Have your eyes checked by an optometrist once a year: Good vision can reduce your risk of falling.
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medications: Some medications can make you fell drowsy, dizzy, or unsteady on your feet.
  • Make your home safer: Falls are often due to home hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix.
You can also help others by joining the provincial fall campaign this month. For details on how to get involved, visit www.findingbalancebc.ca and the VCH Regional Fall & Injury Prevention Program.  
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