Preventing falls to safeguard independence and well-being

July 5 is National Injury Prevention Day, focused on raising awareness of injuries that are predictable and preventable. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits and disabilities in Canada? Falls can have severe consequences, especially for older adults, often resulting in injuries that can limit mobility, decrease confidence, and even lead to long-term disabilities. However, with the right knowledge and proactive measures, falls can be prevented, allowing older adults to enjoy an active and fulfilling lifestyle. In this blog post, we explore four essential strategies for fall prevention.


Exercise regularly

Regular exercise plays a vital role in improving balance, strength, and flexibility, reducing the likelihood of falls. Engage in activities such as walking, swimming, or tai chi, which focus on enhancing stability and coordination. Consult with a healthcare professional to design an exercise program suitable for your abilities and fitness level.


Create a Safe Living Environment

Start by evaluating your home for potential hazards that increase the risk of falls. Ensure proper lighting in all areas, especially stairways, hallways, and bathrooms. Remove tripping hazards like loose rugs, cluttered pathways, or low-lying furniture. Install grab bars in the bathroom and consider using non-slip mats or rugs. Adequate handrails along stairways can provide stability and support.


Do a medicine cabinet check

Certain medications, when taken together or in high doses, can cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision, increasing the risk of falls. Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist to identify potential side effects and discuss any necessary adjustments to reduce fall risks.


Choose the right footwear

What we wear on our feet can significantly contribute to fall prevention. Opt for properly fitting shoes with non-slip soles that provide support and stability. Avoid high heels, floppy slippers, or shoes with smooth bottoms, as they can increase the risk of slipping or tripping.


Falls can have a profound impact on our physical and emotional well-being. By taking proactive measures to prevent falls, older adults can maintain independence and enjoy an active lifestyle. By incorporating the above strategies into daily routines, older adults can reduce their risk of falls and embrace a life of vitality and freedom. Remember, it's never too late to prioritize fall prevention and safeguard your well-being.


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website