Prevent Falls

If you or someone you know has fallen, you are not alone; it is actually very common among older adults.

Preventing falls is an important part of healthy aging. 


Story opens on older gentleman "Bob" doing some light calisthenics at home

NARRATOR (Authentic, Female)       

"Bob keeps himself fit. For flexibility...


...and prevent a fall.  

 As Bob is working through his seniors' calisthenis, he begins to bend lower...lower...(surprisingly) lower. 

"One in four seniors will fall this year.

It's the leading cause of serious injury for older adults."

Bob's hands touch the ground. And then, he does something that surprises the viewer. Bob elevates into a full handstand and headstand. Music hits crescendo. 

"Preventing falls is easier than...standing on your head.

Keep it simple"

 As Bob returns to normal exercises

"Include strength and balance activities in your day"

"A message from Ottawa Public Health."


Falls and Older Adults

Anyone can fall. However, as we get older, our bodies change in ways that can increase our risk of falling. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults and can have a lasting effect on quality of life, increase caregiver demands, and can lead to long-term care.

In Canada

  • Each year between 20% to 30% of seniors fall and fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors.
  • Falls are the number one reason for injury-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits for older adults in Canada.

Every year in Ottawa for people aged 65+:

  • One in five fall in private homes
  • Over 2000 hospitalizations are fall related
  • Over 8000 emergency department visits are fall related
  • Over 90 deaths are fall related

What can cause a fall

People fall for many reasons. Some of these include:

  • History of a fall
  • Problems with walking and balance
  • Trip and slip hazards in your home and community
  • Medication side effects
  • Medical conditions
  • Vision problems
  • Footwear
  • Fear of falling
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor nutrition

Knowing your personal risks can help you take action to reduce your chance of falling.

What you can do 

The good news is that most falls are preventable. Taking action to prevent falls is one of the most important things you can do to stay independent as you get older. 

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