Every year falls among all ages cost the New Brunswick health-care system $248 million, representing the largest single contributor to the total cost of injury in the province. Everyone is at risk for falls. As we grow older, the risk of injury due to falls increases. From 2010 to 2015, New Brunswick has seen a 26 per cent increase in the number of injured seniors due to falls. Falls among seniors result in approximately 85 per cent of injury-related hospitalizations. Falls among seniors can lead to reduced mobility and independence, as well as increased risk for admission into a nursing home. There are preventative measures seniors and their caregivers can take to help reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.
By understanding the risks associated with everyday living, we can help prevent injury or minimize the risk of being injured. We encourage everyone to learn more about ways to stay safe in order to remain independent and continue to actively engage in family and community life as long as possible.
For seniors, home is where many injuries occur. Taking simple preventative measures can reduce the risk of injury. Living and maintaining independence are very important for seniors. The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed a Safe Living Guide to provide advice and help seniors maintain their independence as long as possible. The booklet addresses common safety concerns such as:
- Keeping your home safe outside and inside
- Keeping yourself healthy and active
- Keeping track of your medicine
- Keeping safe with safety aids
In order to provide strategies to help lower risk of falls among seniors, the NB Trauma Program has brought the “Finding Balance” program to New Brunswick. This offers New Brunswickers a central location to access online information and resources on falls prevention.
For more information specific to senior falls prevention, please visit www.FindingBalanceNB.ca.
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