Falls are a significant health problem for older adults. It is estimated that one third of people 65 years of age and older fall each year, and individuals who fall once are twice as likely to fall again. The most common cause of falling in older adults is slipping or stumbling, and most of these incidents occur in the home.
In Canada, falls are responsible for more hospital admissions than any other type of injury. Falls can cause minor injuries, such as bruises or sprains, or major injuries, such as fractures, dislocations and even death.
A hip fracture is a very serious injury in older adults, and 95% of all hip fractures in Canadians 65 years of age and older are due to falls. Falls can greatly affect an individual’s independence, confidence and mobility. See FACTS ABOUT FALLS for more information.
As we grow older our bodies change in ways that can increase our risk of falling. The good news is that we do have control over some of these changes. We can make improvements to ourselves and our surroundings so that we can decrease our chance of falling.
Here are some resources focused on helping you reduce the risk of falling:
- Improve Your Balance & Stay Active
- Balance Exercises to do in Your Home
- Manage Your Medications
- Vitamin D & Eating Healthy
- Manage your Health Conditions
- Foot care & Safe Footwear
- Take Care of Your Eyesight
Preventing falls is important to help you stay active and independent. To learn more about how you can decrease your risk of falls complete our Take Action to Prevent Falls Check-up. This will help you identify what is currently putting you at risk of falling and give you information about what you can do to stay on your feet.