Preventing Fall-Related Injuries Among Older Nova Scotians: A Strategic Framework

Publisher/Sponsor: 

Nova Scotia Community Links
Author/Presenter: 
Susan Lilley

Falls among the senior population is an under-recognized health issue in Nova Scotia, despite the fact that falls account for most of the injuries to older Nova Scotians and represent the third leading cause of injury-related death in our province. Each year one out of every three Nova Scotian seniors will fall, and more than half of these individuals will fall more than once. The Strategic Framework guides the efforts of Nova Scotians to address seniors’ falls. During 2006 and early 2007, Nova Scotia’s Department of Health Promotion and Protection worked with Dalhousie University’s Population Health Research Unit to develop the Seniors' Falls Injury Profile Report. The report is aimed at professionals and the public in working together to reduce the rate of fall-related injuries among Nova Scotia’s seniors, making our province a safe and healthy place to age. The Strategic Framework guides the efforts of Nova Scotians to address seniors’ falls. 

The report looks at statistics of falls and injuries, causes of senior's falls, best practice approaches to falls prevention and developing a Strategic Framework to address Falls Among Nova Scotia's Seniors. 

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