Here are some more facts that might surprise you:

  • As many as 1/3 of seniors experience a fall each year
  • Falls can lead to significant disability, loss of independence, higher likelihood of institutionalization in long-term care settings, and increased risk of premature death
  • Negative mental health outcomes associated with falls include increased isolation, fear of falling, confusion, and depression
  • Falls take a significant financial toll on Canada’s healthcare system, costing billions annually
  • Fortunately, the personal and economic costs of fall-related injuries can be reduced through injury prevention activities
  • In 2017, there were approximately 135,000 emergency department visits for fall-related injuries for individuals aged 65-79, and nearly 149,000 emergency department visits for individuals aged 80 and above
  • Between 20% and 30% of older adults fall each year, making fall-related injuries a serious public health concern

Lumacare’s Falls Prevention Committee

Reference: https://rnao.ca/sites/rnao-ca/files/Reduce_Your_Risk_for_Falls.pdf