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Fall prevention key to avoiding injury

December 6, 2018

Originally published by Baylor College of Medicine In sports it’s said that the best offense is a good defense, and that can be true for falls too – the best way to prevent an injury is to avoid the fall altogether. Two orthopedic surgeons in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine who specialize in trauma discuss common injuries that can occur when people fall and offer prevention tips. “Really what you think of with falls is hip fractures, but that’s just a small part of it,” said Dr. John Dawson, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor and chief of orthopedic surgery at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, News


September 19th Event: The Environment, Physical Activity and your Health

August 17, 2018

Come for an evening of presentations on the latest knowledge in how the environment affects your physical activity and health. Light refreshments will be provided. Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 4:30 – 6:00pm VGH Paetzold Auditorium 899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver Register by Monday, September 17, 2018 at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-environment-physical-activity-andyour-health-tickets-48984068668 Speakers: Dr. Marc Adams, PhD Marc Adams, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Dr. Adams has research training in psychology and public health, and a special interest in the development of interventions to promote physical activity, healthful eating, and other behaviours critical to the prevention of chronic diseases. Dr. Brian Saelens, PhD … Read more

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Falls sending more Canadians to hospital, report shows

July 5, 2018

Originally published in the Globe and Mail A raised bit of concrete on a sidewalk. An icy patch on the road. A misstep on the stairs at home. All of these can lead to accidental falls — landing a person not only on the ground, but often also in hospital. Unintentional falls are the most common form of injury across the country: every day last year, falls resulted in almost 1,800 reported emergency department visits and 417 hospital admissions, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In 2016-17, nearly 654,000 — or about one-third — of the more than two million injury-related emergency department visits were … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, News


Aging gracefully: Preventing falls

April 20, 2018

Originally published by CNN Falls, for older people, are serious. They can significantly impair mobility and independence. They may lead to hospitalization and subsequent placement in a long-term care facility or nursing home. And as you get older, recovery is slower. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic injury and death in older people, according to geriatric specialist Dr. Becky Powers. Older women are more often injured as a result of falls, but men are more likely to die as the result of a fall. According to the American Geriatrics Society, up to one-third of adults over the age of 65 living at home experience a fall, and nearly two-thirds will fall … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, News