November 6-12, 2017 is BC Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week!
Falls are the leading cause of injury‐related deaths and hospitalizations for British Columbians over 65. On average each year, over 13,000 are hospitalized due to falls and over 500 die. The risk of falling increases with age, and women experience hip fractures and other fall-related fractures at almost twice the rate of men. Falls cost our health care system almost $500 million a year.
The Government of BC has declared November 6–12 Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week, and the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and the BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition have launched a public awareness campaign. Posters are on display at all public health units, major pharmacy chains, and physician’s offices.
Visit www.findingbalancebc.ca and share fall prevention tips with your colleagues, family, and friends in person and on social media using the hashtag #PreventFallsBC. The Campaign Toolkit contains printable posters, email signature blocks, social media messaging, and more.
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