Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016
Don't Let a Fall Get You Down
FHA launches Prevention Awareness Week campaign
Fraser Health Authority
s Seniors Fall Prevention Awareness Week begins today, Fraser Health is reminding people, particularly seniors, that a fall is preventable and can be avoided by taking some simple precautions.
“While everyone experiences the occasional loss of balance, it is especially important to remind people that, in British Columbia, falls are the number-one cause of injury-related deaths in seniors,” said Fabio Feldman, manager, Falls and Injury Prevention at Fraser Health. “Twenty percent of older people who fall and fracture a hip do not survive.”
Falls are especially devastating among older adults, causing more than 90 per cent of hip fractures and 60 per cent of head injuries. On average, every 10 minutes a senior is hospitalized because of a fall. To prevent a fall, consider the following:
As part of Fraser Health’s activities during Seniors Fall Prevention Awareness Week, we will host a Health Fair on Thursday, November 10th between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.
The event will feature expert advice from speakers such as award-winning physician, educator and media personality Dr. Art Hister. Topics discussed will include fall prevention, bone health, vision, home exercise, medical equipment and more.
In addition, Fraser Health has launched a series of video PSA's that will run on digital signage in Tim Hortons restaurants over the coming weeks in an effort to target seniors in places they might frequent. This campaign will be complemented by newspaper ads, posters and a tool kit distributed to Fraser Health Assisted Living sites to facilitate their own falls prevention workshops.
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