Falls can happen to anyone, but as we age, the risk increases. Injuries from falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations for older adults across Canada.
The good news is that most falls are predictable and preventable. Prevent a fall before it happens!
Exercise that improves strength, gait and balance helps to lower the chance of falling. See the Champlain Healthline for exercise and falls prevention programs for older adults in Renfrew County and District. Which Exercise Program is Best for Me? helps identify the programs best for you based on your activity level.
Identifying reasons that might cause a fall and discussing these with a doctor or health care provider is an important first step in preventing falls. The Staying Independent Checklist is for older adults to check their risk of falling and take action to prevent falls if necessary.
Road safety remains a top priority in Ontario. Renfrew County and District Health Unit works with partners on making our roads safer.
Key driving safety challenges include:
- Improper use of restraints (seat belts, car seats/booster seats)
- Motorcycle safety
- Impaired driving (alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription and over the counter drugs)
- Distracted and inattentive driving
Distracted driving is a major safety concern and has now surpassed drunk/drugged driving as the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions that cause deaths. Take the online pledge to Leave the Phone Alone while driving.