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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 could be taken to stop falls.

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

When occupied with falls, security hazards like scatter rugs, stairs, or ice sometimes come to thoughts. The well being unit’s Staying Independent Home Safety Checklist will help you discover and deal with 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 are completely different for everybody. Some of those components can’t be modified, reminiscent of one’s age, gender, race, medical situation, and cognition. There are additionally components that may be modified, together with an individual’s bodily atmosphere, their well being behaviours or selections, entry to well being, dental and pharmacare, in addition to entry to social and bodily actions.

Like a jigsaw puzzle, stopping a fall could be sophisticated and requires trying on the many alternative items that affect an individual’s danger degree. To forestall falls it is very important take into account learn how to make enhancements to as many changeable danger components as potential, 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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