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Health unit marks Fall Prevention Month with tips to keep away from harm

NEWS RELEASE

SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT

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November is Fall Prevention Month, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is reminding the general public that the danger for falling can improve with age and declining well being, however steps may be taken to forestall falls.

Falls are a big public well being concern and are the main explanation for injury-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka with 19,400 emergency division visits, 2,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths attributable to falls in 2020. While falls can occur to anybody, for older adults a fall may be life-altering and consequence within the lack of independence.

When interested by falls, security hazards like scatter rugs, stairs, or ice usually come to thoughts. The well being unit’s Staying Independent Home Safety Checklist may help you discover and handle the dangers in and across the dwelling.

However, security hazards are just one piece of the puzzle. When somebody falls there are different danger components at play which can be totally different for everybody. Some of those components can’t be modified, corresponding to one’s age, gender, race, medical situation, and cognition. There are additionally components that may be modified, together with an individual’s bodily setting, their well being behaviours or decisions, entry to well being, dental and pharmacare, in addition to entry to social and bodily actions.

Like a jigsaw puzzle, stopping a fall may be sophisticated and requires wanting on the many alternative items that affect an individual’s danger stage. To forestall falls it is very important take into account easy methods to make enhancements to as many changeable danger components as attainable, each in a person’s work and private life.

To study extra about fall prevention, go to this website, the well being unit’s pages on aging and wellness or contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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