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About Fall Prevention Month

Fall Prevention Month is a campaign that encourages Canadian organizations and individuals to come together to coordinate fall prevention efforts for a larger impact. Organizations are participating by planning activities and sharing evidence-based information on fall prevention.

Why do we need Fall Prevention Month?

Older adults are a vital part of families and communities. Falling can lead to depression, mobility problems, loss of independence and death.

Key statistics in Canada[1]

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults
  • The average Canadian older adult stays in hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause
  • Falls in older adults account for $2 billion in direct health care costs annually
  • Over 1/3 of older adults will be admitted to long-term care after hospitalization for a fall

Falls in older adults are predictable and preventable. There are many organizations and individuals working hard to increase awareness of the issue and encourage action to prevent falls and injuries from falls.

Who is involved?

The Partners for Fall Prevention Month are a group of 11 organizations with an interest in injury prevention. The Partners lead the planning of the Fall Prevention Month campaign and develop the Toolkit for other organizations to use.

The Partners for 2017 are:

  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Fall Prevention Community of Practice
  • Finding Balance Ontario
  • Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
  • Osteoporosis Canada
  • Parachute
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Saskatoon Health Region
  • Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Fall Prevention Month is also supported by a number of contributors that offer their valuable time, knowledge and skills.

What does this website offer?

The Fall Prevention Month website includes a Toolkit of resources to help organizations successfully organize fall prevention initiatives for November.

The Toolkit also includes information specifically for older adults on general fall prevention, healthy eating and staying active, medications, preventing falls at home, what to do if you have a fall, and more.

How can my organization get involved? 

There are many ways to get involved in Fall Prevention Month and showcase the great work of your organization. Find out more here.

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[1] Government of Canada (2015). Seniors Falls in Canada – Infographic. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/aging-seniors/publications/publications-general-public/seniors-falls-canada-second-report/seniors-falls-canada-infographic.html