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For all age groups across the lifespan, falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits due to unintentional injuries. In fact, fall injuries outnumber motor vehicle crash injuries, poisonings , drowning and burns. Therefore, it’s important to note that falls can and do affect anyone.

  • Exercise to Improve Balance

    Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of a fall. Weight bearing exercise (eg. walking , dancing, climbing stairs) will increase your bone density and thereby decrease the risk of a fracture if you do happen to fall. More importantly, exercise will allow you to strengthen muscles […]

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  • Falls

    Please see our “Preventing slips, trips and falls” page.

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  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that makes bones thin and weak (Osteoporosis Canada). One in four women over the age of 50 has Osteoporosis and at least one in eight men over 50 also has this disease. As a result of weaker bones, it is easier to fracture a bone while doing simple everyday activities. Fractures […]

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  • Preventing Indoor Trip Hazards

    Approximately sixty percent of falls happen inside the home. Trips and falls are often the result of environmental factors that can easily be fixed. Scatter rugs, clutter, poor lighting and lack of grab bars in the bathroom are some of the more common hazards leading to indoor falls. The good news is that ninety percent […]

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  • Preventing Outdoor Trip Hazards

    Outdoor falls are often due to environmental hazards rather than physical factors. Uneven sidewalks, debris, wet leaves and ice all contribute to an increased risk of falls for all age groups. Being alert to hazards and wearing appropriate footwear and clothing will reduce your personal risk of a fall. Check out the following link for […]

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  • Slips, Trips and Falls

    For all age groups across the lifespan, falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits due to unintentional injuries. In fact, fall injuries outnumber motor vehicle crash injuries, poisonings , drowning and burns. Therefore, it’s important to note that falls can and do affect anyone. However, the consequences of falls injuries are more serious […]

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    Using Medications Wisely

    Most people don’t realize that a major risk factor for falls is medications. Certain medications are linked directly to falls because they can cause sudden drops in blood pressure or poor balance. For example drugs such as sleeping pills, blood pressure medications, depression and anti-anxiety medications and medications to treat Parkinson’s disease all can cause […]

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