Stay Active to Prevent a Fall
BRAMPTON, ON. (May 31, 2010) – June is Seniors' Month and Peel Public Health encourages adults, 65 years and older, to stay active to reduce their risk of injury due to falls. Each year, one third of seniors in Canada experience at least one fall. Almost 50 per cent of these falls result in minor injury and up to 25 per cent result in serious injury. Often, these falls will have a negative impact on a senior's independence and quality of life.
"Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your independence," says Gayle Bursey, Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Region of Peel. "Exercise is particularly important for seniors as it may slow down or compensate for normal age-related changes."
Walking, gardening and swimming are all great options to incorporate physical activity into a senior's daily routine. Seniors should always consult their doctor whenever beginning a new activity.
"Older adults can also help keep their independence by taking medication as directed, eating well and checking their home for safety hazards, such as loose carpets and cluttered hallways," continues Bursey.
For more information about maintaining seniors' health and wellness, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca. Remember, it's never too late to start moving!
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.