Focus on fall prevention for seniors

Ensuring seniors in B.C. are supported to live a healthy life is the focus of Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

Ensuring seniors in B.C. are supported to live a healthy life, independent lives are the focus of Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week, Nov. 7 to 13.

Falls are the most common cause of injury among British Columbia seniors.

Each year, one in three seniors over the age of 65 experiences at least one fall and nearly 40 per cent of fall-related hospitalizations involve a hip fracture.

One out of every five seniors who suffer a hip fracture dies within a year.

The province has a number of initiatives in place for seniors to learn about fall prevention.

Websites such as SeniorsBC.ca and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (hiphealth.ca/CEMFIA) provide information on prevention, causes, consequences and treatment of fall-related injuries. The SeniorsBC e-Newsletter is sent to more than 1,400 people quarterly and provides information on government programs as well.