Seniors make up 12% of the Canadian population, but account for 35% of all injury hospitalizations. The following information provides an overview of risk factors associated with injuries among seniors. Please refer to each mechanism of injury for specific prevention information.

Statistics

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death for Alberta seniors between 65 and 79 years of age.
  • Circulatory disease are the leading cause of death for those 80 years of age and older.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of injury death for seniors between 70 and 74 years of age.
  • Fall-related hospital admission accounted for 76% of injury admissions.
  • The percentage of fall-related hospital admissions increased with age.
  • Fall-related emergency department visits were the leading cause of injury visits.
  • Fall-related emergency department visits accounted for 56% of injury visits.
  • In Alberta in 2010 there were 451 injury deaths, 22,643 injury hospital admissions and 44,062 injury emergency department visits of residents 65 years of age and older.

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