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In 2017–2018, 51% of all injury-related hospitalizations in Canada were for seniors age 65 and older. During that period, 137,568 seniors were hospitalized because of injuries. 37% of those hospitalizations were males while 63% were females. 81% of injury hospitalizations among seniors in 2017–2018 were due to falls.

From 2015–2016 to 2017–2018, the volume of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors increased by 9%. The main cause of such hospitalizations among seniors during that period was falls, the volume of which increased by 9%. The second leading cause was vehicle collisions, the volume of which increased by 8%. The third leading cause was accidental poisoning, the volume of which increased by 2%. The fourth leading cause was attempted suicide and self-inflicted injury, the volume of which increased by 7%. The fifth leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors from 2015–2016 to 2017–2018 was injuries resulting from colliding with or being hit by people or objects. The volume of this type of injury increased by 8%.

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