Fall Prevention is Important!

If you or someone close to you is 65 years of age or older, the chance of at least one fall in 2009 is one in three! This means that more than 30,000 older Winnipeggers are likely to fall this year. And that risk increases to one in two for people over the age of 80. Falls can have serious consequences, including hospitalization, permanent loss of mobility and independence, and even death.

Here are some facts about falls in Winnipeg:

  • Injuries caused by falls are the #1 reason for injury hospitalizations for persons 65 years of age and older.
  • More than 2,000 Winnipeggers are hospitalized each year due to fall injuries.
  • People who are admitted to a hospital because of a fall tend to stay in hospital for a very long time, an average of 33 days.
  • Approximately 40 Winnipeggers die each year in Winnipeg due to a fall. The majority of these being 65 years of age or older.

**Excerpt from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Learn more about Fall Prevention

Planning your Falls Prevention Week Activities

A Checklist to Help You Prevent Falls

Home Safety Checklist

A Fact Sheet to Help You Prevent a Fall

The "Take Action to Prevent Falls" Education Booklet

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Guide to Fall Prevention

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults 65 and older

Improve Your Balance to Reduce Falls

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Balance Poster

For an exercise program designed to prevent your risk of falls call us at 204-987-9222 or click here to contact us.


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