Mobility Matters for BC's older adults

Mobility Matters for BC's older adults

Yesterday Health Minster Terry Lake announced an important $4.5-million grant through the Provincial Health Services Authority to the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. This funding is crucial to preventing life changing falls and is an investment in BC’s older adults. 

CHHM is home to some of the world’s top scientists and clinicians. We are putting years of research to work to create innovative initiatives that will have an impact on the lives of older adults. 

CHHM's work will: 

  • Support fall prevention among the most vulnerable older adults in BC. through outreach to family physicians and/or allied health workers.
  • Develop tools for health authorities to address the risk of secondary fractures in seniors with osteoporosis.
  • Increase mobility of less active seniors through education and awareness, tailored programs, and the development of tools to create safe and healthy communities.
  • Assess and intervene with ‘at risk’ older adults living at home using a mobile laboratory to prevent falls and fractures from occurring. 

  • CHHM team with older adults from James Bay with Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell and Minister Terry Lake
    CHHM team with older adults from James Bay with Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell and Minister Terry Lake
  • Dr. Heather McKay explains the importance of Falls and Injury Prevention for older adults
    Dr. Heather McKay explains the importance of Falls and Injury Prevention for older adults
  • Dr. Heather McKay and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during funding announcement
    Dr. Heather McKay and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during funding announcement
  • Dr. Heather McKay explains that wrists can prevent a life changing fracture
    Dr. Heather McKay explains that wrists can prevent a life changing fracture
  • Barbara Warner, CHHM program participant during interview with CBC Radio
    Barbara Warner, CHHM program participant during interview with CBC Radio
  • CMH\'s Mobile lab on the steps of the BC Legislature
    CMH's Mobile lab on the steps of the BC Legislature
  • Minister Terry Lake, Dr. Heather McKay, and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during Mobile Lab tour
    Minister Terry Lake, Dr. Heather McKay, and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during Mobile Lab tour
  • A sway test, part of the PPA, measures a person\'s stability
    A sway test, part of the PPA, measures a person's stability
  • Dr. Heather McKay during the funding announcement at the BC Legislature
    Dr. Heather McKay during the funding announcement at the BC Legislature
  • Dr. Heather McKay demonstrates the area where hip fractures are most likely to occur on plastic bones
    Dr. Heather McKay demonstrates the area where hip fractures are most likely to occur on plastic bones
  • Barbara Warner demonstrates the PPA sway test
    Barbara Warner demonstrates the PPA sway test
  • CHHM team with older adults from James Bay with Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell and Minister Terry Lake
    CHHM team with older adults from James Bay with Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell and Minister Terry Lake
  • Dr. Heather McKay explains the importance of Falls and Injury Prevention for older adults
    Dr. Heather McKay explains the importance of Falls and Injury Prevention for older adults
  • Dr. Heather McKay and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during funding announcement
    Dr. Heather McKay and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during funding announcement
  • Dr. Heather McKay explains that wrists can prevent a life changing fracture
    Dr. Heather McKay explains that wrists can prevent a life changing fracture
  • Barbara Warner, CHHM program participant during interview with CBC Radio
    Barbara Warner, CHHM program participant during interview with CBC Radio
  • CMH\'s Mobile lab on the steps of the BC Legislature
    CMH's Mobile lab on the steps of the BC Legislature
  • Minister Terry Lake, Dr. Heather McKay, and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during Mobile Lab tour
    Minister Terry Lake, Dr. Heather McKay, and Parliamentary Secretary Stilwell during Mobile Lab tour
  • A sway test, part of the PPA, measures a person\'s stability
    A sway test, part of the PPA, measures a person's stability
  • Dr. Heather McKay during the funding announcement at the BC Legislature
    Dr. Heather McKay during the funding announcement at the BC Legislature
  • Dr. Heather McKay demonstrates the area where hip fractures are most likely to occur on plastic bones
    Dr. Heather McKay demonstrates the area where hip fractures are most likely to occur on plastic bones
  • Barbara Warner demonstrates the PPA sway test
    Barbara Warner demonstrates the PPA sway test

Some Fast Facts about Falls and older adults in BC: 

  • Hip fractures result in death in approximately 20% of individuals and disability in 50% of those who survive.
  • Almost 95% of hip fractures are the result of a fall and 70% of hip fractures are osteoporosis-related.
  • 30% of individuals aged 65 years and over experience at least one fall each year.
  • Seniors who have had one fall are at twice the risk for future falls.
  • The complications of osteoporosis include hip fracture and people with osteoporosis can suffer painful vertebral fracture with minimal or no trauma.
  • Each year 4,000 British Columbians suffer from hip fractures.