Research shows that 50 per cent of falls can be reduced through strength and balance training.

Research shows that 50 per cent of falls can be reduced through strength and balance training.

Falls often mark the beginning of a deadly downward spiral in the health of seniors. Tripping over a rug, falling down stairs or slipping on ice can lead to broken hips, serious head injuries and numerous other health problems that can immobilize the elderly and hasten their deaths.

Nearly all people age 65 and older will fall at least once a year. Thousands die from the injuries, while countless others languish in hospitals or nursing homes, where the lack of mobility puts them at risk of developing pneumonia and other potentially fatal complications. Falls cost the health-care system nearly $3-billion every year, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Read an article about CHHM's researchers, Drs. Vicky Scott and Karim Khan by Carly Weeks from the Globe and Mail.