Report – Seniors’ Falls in Canada – a message from Health Canada

The Public Health Agency is pleased to announce the release of the Seniors’ Falls in Canada: Second Report.  

The Report is an analysis of national datasets from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).  It is an update to the previous 2005 Report on Seniors Falls in Canada.  The Report provides current facts on the nature and severity of falls among Canadian adults age 65 and over.  

As the country’s overall population ages, Canadians are living longer and in better health.  Nevertheless, falls continue to be the leading cause of injury among older adults.  The 2013 report highlights that:

  • In 2010-2011, the average Canadian senior had to stay in hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause; 
  • 50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home;
  • Self-reported injuries due to falls rose 43% between 2003 and 2008; and
  • The number of deaths due to falls is also on the rise – 65% between 2003 and 2008.

Read the full report at the following address:
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/seniors_falls-chutes_aines/index-eng.php

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