1 in 3 people over the age of 65 fall each year, and many suffer serious injuries requiring weeks of hospitalization or bed-rest.
The BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition is trying to raise awareness about ways to prevent falls, especially among seniors.
Heather Fudge is a Clinical Nurse specializing in Senior’s Health. She says seniors should stay physically active, and remove tripping hazards in their home.
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Fudge says serious falls often cause seniors to lose their independence. 40% of residential care admissions are due to a serious fall. For more on the BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition, visit their official website.