Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors. One in three BC seniors over the age of 65 will typically experience at least one fall each year.
Seniors comprise only 15% of the Canadian population, but account for 40% of all injury hospitalizations.
It is estimated that over 200,000 BC seniors experienced a fall in 2008 and, with aging of the BC population; the number of falls will likely double in 20 years if prevention strategies are not in place.
Falls cause more than 95% of all hip fractures in the elderly and over 20% of seniors who suffer a hip fracture die within a year. Injuries from falls account for 85% of all injuries to seniors.