How Can You Stay Independent?
Make good choices: Your choices affect how you feel, what you can do, and how you live your life!
What is a Fall?
A fall is when you suddenly and not intentionally land on the ground or floor or some other lower level with or without an injury. You could even bump against a wall. (Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum Education 2012).
Have you had a slip or trip? Did you catch yourself before you fell to the ground or lower level? Then you had a near fall. Near falls are important. Why?
Near falls can cause injury AND are a warning sign that something may by wrong.
Talk to your doctor about any slip, trip or fall even if you did not hurt yourself. Most falls are predictable and preventable. Falls are not a normal part of aging.
What can happen from One Fall?
- Pain and suffering from physical injury
- Loss of mobility and independence
- Increased dependence on others
- A higher chance of going into a nursing home
- Isolation from others
- Fear of falling
- Loss of confidence
- A decrease in daily and social activities
- Increased chance of future falls
- Changes in how you live
- An increased risk of an early death
- One in three persons over the age of 65 is likely to fall at least once each year
- Seniors who fall are more likely to require hospitalization
- Falls are the direct cause of 95% of all hip fractures leading to death in 20%