June 2, 2023
SOUTH ZONE – Seniors’ Week, which runs June 5-11, is 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 more than 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:
Seniors’ Week has been recognized since 1986 to celebrate and recognize the contributions seniors make to enhance the quality of life in Alberta.
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. Our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Our current focus is on reducing emergency department wait-times, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.