April 6, 2020
About one third of the senior population over the age of 65 falls each year, but since many incidents go unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers – this estimate is most likely quite low. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
Senior step-training reduces falls in Toronto's seniors. According to the Ontario addition of The Globe and Mail Metro, a recent analysis of seven studies totaling 660 older adults found that improving stepping skills in seniors, which addressed improving gait and balance, cut the rate of initial falls in half.