Seniors’ Week supports healthy activity and independence

June 7, 2022

It is Seniors’ Week June 6-12 and an opportunity to learn how seniors can stay safe, healthy and independent by promoting healthy activity to reduce falls.

Falls are the leading cause of injury in seniors and can cause life-limiting effects that can lead to a decrease in independence.  In 2020, falls among Alberta seniors ages 65+ resulted in over 34,000 visits to an emergency department or urgent care centre and over 11,000 hospitalizations.

While the risk of falls increases as people age, falls are not considered a normal part of aging.

There are actions that can be taken to help seniors avoid falls:

Keep Active to maintain strength and balance. Regular physical activity can help prevent injury and enhance independence, improving overall quality of life. Specifically,

Check Your Vision and ensure you have a complete annual eye exam

Review Your Medications annually with a doctor or pharmacist

Reduce falls in the home

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.