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Falls take a rising toll on elderly brains

March 16, 2017

Originally published by CBC What may seem like a mild initial fall may cause concussions or other problems Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one expert. “Many older adults are afraid their independence will be taken away if they admit to falling, and so they minimize it,” said Dr. Lauren Southerland, an Ohio State University emergency physician … Read more

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


‘To Fall or Not to Fall’: Exercises help seniors avoid falls

December 7, 2016

Originally published by CBC. Falls account for 85 per cent of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors each year in Canada. There is no better season than that of ice sidewalks and slippery pavement to get a receptive audience on how to prevent falls. That is exactly what Alina Cress hopes, as she targets the over-65 crowd to beef up their strength and balance to help prevent falls. Each year in Canada, falls account for about 85 per cent of injury hospitalizations for seniors. The top three reasons are: walking, walking on ice, and going up or down stairs, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Alina Cress is the program co-ordinator … Read more

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Fall Prevention – BC’s Ministry of Health

May 30, 2016

Published by The Ministry of Health  Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Although the risk factors increase with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Preventing falls may even save your life! Use this section of our Seniors website to assess your risk and plan the necessary changes. How Important is it to Stay on Your Feet? • Without prevention efforts, about one third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. • Falls usually happen due to the combined effects of factors that can be prevented. • Most falls occur in seniors’ homes, while doing usual … Read more

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You CAN Prevent Falls!

April 28, 2016

Published by Public Health Agency of Canada The Facts Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians. 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year. Falls are the cause of 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations. Falls are the cause of 95% of all hip-fractures. 50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home. Protect Yourself Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. For example, poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, … Read more

Category: Falls Prevention