The province is investing $300,000 over three years to preventfalls among seniors, Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonaldannounced today, May 18. Falls are the leading cause of injuryamong seniors. “This is a serious health issue and we’re putting resources inplace to decrease the rates of falls,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Thisgovernment is committed to improving the health of Nova Scotiansand injury prevention plays a big part in that.” Prevention of falls is a priority area of the province’s InjuryPrevention Strategy. Each year one in three people over the ageof 65 will experience a fall. Of these, one in five will resultin a fracture. The investment is going into Preventing FallsTogether, a project of Community Links. Community Links is acharitable association that helps rural seniors and volunteersshare effective ways of meeting the needs and priorities of olderNova Scotians while promoting healthy communities. “This funding allows us to continue our efforts to prevent fallsamong seniors,” said Sandra Murphy, provincial co-ordinator withCommunity Links. “We’re able to build capacity and make this asustainable project so we can continue to build on the strengthsof rural communities and the experience of volunteers who serveseniors.” Preventing falls is one of three priority areas of the provincialstrategy, along with prevention of motor vehicle crashes andself-inflicted injury. The strategy was developed in the fall of2003 by stakeholders at the request of the Office of HealthPromotion. The strategy received a $350,000 investment this year. “This is a growth year as we build a foundation for thestrategy,” said Julian Young, co-ordinator of injury preventionand control at the Office of Health Promotion. “Simply havingthis strategy in place is a huge step in the right direction.We’re the only province in Canada with a provincially-fundedinjury prevention strategy.” The Injury Prevention Strategy is on the Health Promotion websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/injuryprevention.html .