Falling is an important health risk for older adults in Ontario. In fact, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 65 and older in Ontario. These unintentional falls account for over 100, 000 emergency room visits and over 20, 000 hospital admissions each year, which leads to $1 billion dollars in direct costs.
The most common type of fall is caused by slipping or tripping on the same level, followed by falling on stairs and falls from furniture. These types of falls account for more than 50% of emergency department visits and hospital admissions for falls injuries.
Preventing falls is very important to remaining independent, healthy, and mobile as you age. The injuries that happen from falls can have devastating effects on your quality of life. In addition to the physical damage of serious muscle or bone injury, the fear of having another fall may cause feelings of dependence, lower your amount of physical activity, and end up increasing the risk of having another fall. Taking care to stay on your feet is a very important part of staying in good health.
There are three main categories of things to do to lower your risk of falling: there are things to look for in the home, things to keep in mind regarding medication, and ideas for staying physically active.