"I am pleased to write in support of the CEMFIA's extraordinary contributions to fall prevention in BC. Your work has not only advanced the science of fall prevention but given the movement around the world exemplary strategies for disseminating evidence-based practices in the community. CDC considers the work done in BC some of the most advanced in the world, and it has been critical to our own planning for fall prevention in the US...BC is certainly well ahead of the US in developing systems for nationwide adoption of effective fall prevention programs."
David A Sleet, PhD
Associate Director for Science, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
NEW! Drugs and the Risk of Falling in the Elderly - a new guideline to prevent drug-related falls produced by Barbara Cadario (Clinical Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC), Dr. Vicky Scott (Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC) and the BC Fall and Injury Prevention Coalition.
As shown in the following figure, key activities of CEMFIA are to provide education and awareness opportunities; generate innovations in risk assessment, proven prevention strategies and new technologies; conduct environmental scans of current research and clinical needs; report on epidemiology and economic burden of injury outcomes; and facilitate the translation of knowledge to improve the health of aging British Columbians.
The Residential Care Summit: "Fall & Injury Prevention Research to Action," held on Nov. 5-6 in Victoria, was a great success. It brought together residential care fall prevention stakeholders from across BC and Canada. The Summit Proceedings Report, which will include a Residential Care Fall Prevention Toolkit, will be released this winter. These will help residential care operators, care providers, policy makers and other stakeholders adapt to the new fall prevention legislation that recently came into effect in BC and Canada.
The first-ever Canadian Fall Prevention Conference was held at the Pacific Palisades Hotel in Vancouver, BC, on March 22 and 23, 2010. The conference brought together over 180 fall prevention and knowledge translation experts and stakeholders from across Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa and elsewhere. The conference initiated key discussions on knowledge translation and the bridging of gaps between fall prevention research, policy and practice around the world.
Below are links to the plenary speakers' presentations. For other select concurrent and rapid-fire presentations, please contact Fahra Rajabali.
Prepared by: Vicky Scott, PhD, RN, Lori Wagar, MSc, Sarah Elliott, BSc
The fall of an older adult can have an enduring and devastating impact, resulting in injury, chronic disease, a reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death. It is estimated that one in three persons over the age of 65 is likely to fall at least once each year1, and in Canada, this translated to approximately 1.4 million seniors who fell at least once in 2005. By 2031, it is projected that older adults will make up 24% of Canada's entire population and approximately $4.4 billion will be spent on direct health care costs for fall-related injuries among this age population2.
This new report, prepared for the Division of Aging and Seniors, Public Health Agency of Canada, is an analysis of the 2008/2009 Canadian hospitalization data for fall-related injuries among persons aged 65 years and older . The analysis is followed by the results of a scan of fall prevention programs currently operating across Canada. The appendices to this document include a list of definitions of terms, the survey tool used in the scan of programs, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) epidemiological data.
Highlights of the analysis and findings include:
1 World Health Organization, 2008; Scott, Peck & Kendall, 2004; Tinetti & Speechley, 1989; O’Laughlin et al., 1993.
2 SmartRisk, 2010.
For further information, please contact Sarah Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepared for: Division of Aging and Seniors, Public Health Agency of Canada
Citation: Scott, V., Wagar, L., & Elliott, S. (2010). Falls & related injuries among older Canadians: Fall-related hospitalizations & intervention initiatives. Prepared on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Division of Aging and Seniors. Victoria, BC: Victoria Scott Consulting.