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Preventing falls

November is Fall Prevention Month. Falls are a major risk to healthy aging for older adults. They are the leading cause of injury in seniors contributing to 1/3 of long term care admissions. Furthermore, falls can lead to mobility challenges, depression, loss of independence and even death. But, they are often preventable. The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal supports the Falls Prevention Month campaign by helping to raise awareness about the issue and by sharing evidence-based information to encourage action to prevent falls. Read our resources on this topic below. 

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