Fall prevention a popular seasonal topic

At the “End Falls this Fall” conference held in early October, the focus was all about different strategies to cut down on the number and severity of falls experienced in older adults. With the approach of winter, fall prevention initiatives become even more urgent given the surge in injuries due to falls.

The only regional conference to focus specifically on fall prevention, this is the 10th time health practitioners from North Simcoe Muskoka and beyond have come together to share knowledge and best practices. More than 150 people participated this year.

“This is an interactive and informative conference setting,” says Hélène Gagné, Program Director, Injury Prevention at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. “While some of the information is specific to issues related to footwear, medical conditions and the home environment it all revolves around the range of approaches to reduce falls. The conference provides a window to the bigger picture and is very helpful in introducing practitioners to fall prevention strategies.”

The Simcoe Muskoka Fall Integrated Fall Strategy sponsored and organized the one-day event which was held in Orillia.