fullFalls are a serious issue for older adults. From Statistics Canada, an estimated one in three older adults fall each year. In 2010, falls were responsible for the most injury deaths in Ontario (38 percent) and generated $2.8 billion in costs to the provincial economy. In Grey Bruce from 2006 to 2009, approximately six seniors visited emergency rooms each day because of a fall and twelve seniors were hospitalized per week as the result of a fall.

The growing number of falls among Ontario’s seniors and the devastating consequences from falls prompted development of Finding Balance; a senior focussed awareness and injury prevention program.

“While the cost to our health care system from falls is significant; they are small when compared to the impacts on the independence and quality of life of older adults experiencing falls,” said Alysa Heersink, Health Promoter with the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

“Finding Balance helps older adults stay active and independent. Older adults have so much to contribute and are a vital part of our families and communities.”

Falls are the result of a number of factors including age. The risk of falling and being injured increases as people get older. Falls can disable, cause mental distress and may result in a loss of independence.

Finding Balance raises awareness among seniors and future seniors about the importance of leading a healthy and safe lifestyle. The focus is on preventing falls through improving health and fitness, safety in the home, reviewing medications and speaking up about dizziness.

Finding Balance was developed at the University of Alberta School of Public Health and is adapted for use in Ontario. An Advisory Committee of multi-disciplinary health care professionals from Southwestern Ontario, including the Grey Bruce Health Unit, guides the initiative.

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