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Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Falls can be a major problem for older adults

  • Falling is the leading cause of injury for older adults (CIHI, 2013) and is responsible for about 85% of hospital injury admissions for adults aged 65 and over in Halton.
  • Falling can result in an older adult losing the confidence to participate in their favorite activities, even if they were not initially injured. Inactivity can, in turn, lead to poorer health and coordination which could lead to more serious falls.
  • Research shows that over 1/3 of older adults hospitalized for a fall are discharged to long-term care instead of back to their homes; the amount of older adults entering long-term care from a hospital setting, as a result of a fall, is almost double the number of those residents already in the long-term care setting (Scott, Wagar, & Elliot, 2010).
  • Falling appears to be the direct cause of 95% of all hip fractures, leading to death in 20% of cases (Ioannidis et al., 2009; Jiang et al., 2005; Wolinsky et al., 2009).

Most falls can be prevented!

Tips to reduce your chance of falling.

Fall prevention resources and services in your community