Thursday, August 23, 2012

Falls and seniors

Ultimately, many seniors refuse walkers or canes. It comes down to making adult decisions, and taking responsibility for your health, not choosing sickness.

Falls Prevention: Will the LHINs overcome the impact of delisting and fiscal restraint?

Taken by themselves, the numbers are startling. About 50 per cent of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors are from falls. We spend an estimated $962 million a year dealing with the health outcomes from falls. Falls are responsible for 95.1 per cent of all hip fractures. One in three seniors is likely to fall at least once per year. Six Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) had identified falls as a priority and have already implemented comprehensive prevention programs.

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