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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

Public health talk: Prevent falls and enhance your mobility

March 26, 2018

Come and join us for an evening presentations regarding the latest knowledge in falls prevention, including key risk factors, exercises that are most effective in reducing falls, and how we can help those at risk for falls to uptake recommendations. Light refreshments will be provided. Date: May 30, 2018 Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm Location: VGH Paetzold Auditorium, 899 West 12 Avenue, Vancouver Topics to be discussed: How can we effectively identify those at risk for falls? Are you at risk? Falls Prevention Exercise: Is the Otago Exercise Programme right for everyone? What is the relationship between cognition and falls? How do improve uptake and adherence to falls prevention exercise? Ask the Experts: … Read more

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Fitness instructor gives seniors a healthy fear of falls, then helps prevent them

February 4, 2018

Originally published by CBC Close to 90 people die, 1,600 are hospitalized because of falls in Winnipeg every year, health authority says Winnipeg fitness instructor Andrew Schindle hopes his students walk away from his class with a healthy fear of falling. That’s part of the message he imparted during a class last Tuesday a Charleswood seniors centre, where more than a dozen people were gathered to practice movements most people do every day without thinking.   While Aretha Franklin’s raucous cover of The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby blasted over the speakers, Schindle led the seniors through a routine designed to increase their strength and balance, with the aim of helping prevent falls. “I want people to know that … Read more

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