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Prevention of Falls in Mid-Life

Fall prevention research has typically focused on the aging population and children, and little attention has been paid to adults in their mid-life years. ONF is working with Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University to identify the types of falls, the fall-related injuries due to falls and best practices to prevent such falls for adults in their mid-life.  The intent is to examine whether linkages can be made from falls occurring in mid-life to falls taking place after the age of 65.  We hope that this knowledge will inform practice and support the work being done by health practitioners which would minimize the social and economic burden of mid-life falls related to everyday activities.

Prevention of Childhood Falls

Falls are the number one cause of ER/Hospitalization visits for children aged 0-6 in Ontario. Source: Toronto Public Health, 2017. With a staggering 53, 327 fall-related ER visits recorded province-wide in 2017, childhood fall prevention strategy has become a key priority for ONF.

To address this challenge, ONF commissioned an environmental scan of resources and evidence-informed best practices pertaining to falls in childhood.   Designed to serve as a resource for fostering inter-organizational collaboration on child fall prevention and planning child fall prevention initiatives, the scan provides:

  • an overview of the nature and scope of fall-related injuries in children, including the key contributory risk factors and risk conditions;
  • a summary of evidence-based practices, programs, environmental supports and regulatory measures for preventing fall-related injuries in children;
  • a description of the relationship between child fall prevention and the emerging concepts of physical literacy and risky play, which aim to build children’s capacity for healthy physical activity while teaching them to identify and respond appropriately to situations that could lead to injuries (including an injurious fall);
  • an overview of Canadian organizations engaged in child fall prevention initiatives; and
  • a list of priorities for further research and interventions to strengthen the impact of child fall prevention efforts.

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