Falls Prevention Month – November 2019

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian older adults. 20-30% of older adults fall each year [1]. Falls are also the leading cause for hospital admissions from injuries for children ages 0 to 9 [2]

Fall Prevention Month encourages organizations to coordinate their efforts for a larger impact. Canadian organizations participate by planning initiatives and sharing evidence-based information on fall prevention. Together we can raise the profile of fall prevention and help everyone see their role in keeping adults and children safe as they age.

Fall Prevention Month is also supported by a number of contributors that offer their valuable time, knowledge and skills.

In addition, according to Statistics Canada, British Columbia has one of the most rapidly aging populations in Canada. By 2031, almost one in four people in BC (over 1.3 million) will be age 65 and older. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations for British Columbia seniors. The risk of falling increases with age, but falls are predictable and preventable.

This year’s BC Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week takes place from November 4-10, 2019. Coinciding with Fall Prevention Month, this week-long campaign aims to reduce falls, and injury due to falls, in British Columbia.

For more information please visit: Falls Prevention Month or BCIRPU