Injury Prevention & Safety
As the leading cause of injury, falls are a significant public health issue across age groups and settings in Alberta. In 2017, 154,004 Albertans visited emergency and urgent care and 17,489 Albertans were hospitalized due to a fall. Falls can happen at home, at school, in recreation and leisure, in sports, in the community, at work and even on vacation.
The good news is we have the ability to prevent most falls at any age. Knowledge, tools and resources are available to support us in falls prevention.
Physical activity is critical for a child’s development. Falls prevention strategies are not meant to take away physical activity opportunities, but rather to create a safe environment in which physical activity can take place.
Keep your child safe at all stages of development – As a child grows, remind parents that fall prevention strategies will need to reflect their child’s stage of development. Refer to the following MyHealth.Alberta.ca resources:
While the risk of falls do increase as people age, falls are not considered a normal part of aging. There are actions that can be taken to help older adults avoid falls and stay active and independent. Use the following key messages and supporting tips and tools to help older adults reduce their risk of falling.
Keep Active – Encourage the older adults you work with to keep active to maintain strength and balance.
Check Your Vision - Encourage older adults to have a complete annual eye exam
Review Your Medications – Encourage the older adults that you work with to review their medications annually with their doctor or pharmacist.