Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations for BC seniors, and due to an ageing population, fall-related hospitalizations have been steadily increasing since 2000 for those aged 65 and over. Each year more than 200,000 BC older adults will experience one or more falls, resulting in more than 10,000 hospitalizations and more than 800 direct and indirect deaths.
hen an older person falls, it can come at a devastating cost resulting in loss of mobility, loss of independence, reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death. Fortunately, 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.
Visit the BC Injury and Research Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) and the
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Fall Prevention sites for more information and resources for healthcare providers, caregivers and parents.