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New Report from ACIP - Seniors' Fall Prevention and the Social Determinants of Health: A Social Policy Lens

Posted June 26, 2019

As Atlantic Canada’s aging population continues to increase, fall prevention will continue to be an important public health issue. Most falls are predictable, which means they are preventable.


The Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP) has identified common and significant links between the social determinants of health and seniors’ fall prevention. One way to address the social determinants of health and fall prevention among seniors is to advocate for improved social policy.


ACIP is pleased to release a new report titled "Seniors’ Fall Prevention and the Social Determinants of Health: A Social Policy Lens".


This report builds on several existing documents on fall prevention and is inclusive of evidence-based interventions currently available across Canada and within Atlantic Canada. The report breaks down existing social policy examples (by Atlantic Province) and provides a brief description of how each of these social policy examples link to the social determinants of health and seniors’ fall prevention.


This document is intended to be a resource to help fall prevention stakeholders:



  • gather information about falls in Atlantic Canada and nationally;

  • identify links between the social determinants of health and fall-related injuries among seniors;

  • assess and share fall prevention and social determinants of health interventions with stakeholders; and

  • identify opportunities to integrate a social policy lens into existing and future fall prevention efforts.


 

Copies of the report are available in English and French, and can found in the ACIP library at http://acip.ca/library-bibliotheque under “Seniors Falls” as "Final English ACIP_Seniors Fall Prevention Report_May 2019" or "Final French ACIP_Seniors Fall Prevention Report_May 2019".

If you have any questions about the report, please email jrussell@acip.ca.