Seniors’ Falls Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of injury‐related deaths and hospitalizations for BC seniors and due to an aging population, falls-related hospitalizations have been steadily increasing since 2000 for those aged 65 and over.
When an older person falls, it can come at a devastating cost resulting in loss of mobility, a reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death. The cost to the BC health system is also very high at more than $195 million in direct health care costs in 2009/2010.
Many falls in older adults can be prevented and there are proven interventions and programs that can reduce the physical and financial costs associated with seniors’ falls.
- healthcare providers