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FALLS

ARE A SERIOUS ISSUE FOR OLDER ADULTS

OLDER CANADIANS are more likely to suffer an injury from falling than the rest of the population.

FALLS CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY

1 IN 3

seniors fall each year.


BY AGE75

falls are the major cause of fatal injuries.


90%

of broken hips in seniors are a result of falls.


40%

of nursing home admissions are related to falls.


FALLS ARE PREVENTABLE!

Senior woman descending stairs with cane using bannister

Assistive devices like canes, walkers, and rails can provide safeguards from falling.

More information about assistive devices.

Senior man walking along a trail

Physical activity maintains balance and strength which minimize the risk of falling.

More information about staying active.

Close up of medicine showing side effects

Medication can have side effects such as dizziness, visual problems, weakness, and drowsiness. Talk to your doctors and pharmacists.

More information about medications and falling.

Hi, my name is Jessie, and I am a Toronto paramedic.
Poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength can increase your chance of falling. Keep moving! Staying fit will increase your balance and strength, decreasing your risk of falls.

Here are a couple of brochures that may help you deal with or prevent falls:
A guide to preventing falls.
What to do if you fall.

PREVENT A FALL—AVOID THE 911 CALL!