Meeting Archive:
Reduce the risk of falls on ice by a factor of three with a new generation of winter footwear: Preventing falls while encouraging outdoor activity

Meeting Description:

You probably know that older adults are at serious risk of a fall-related injury having a big negative impact on their lives. Many older adults avoid going outside in the winter because of a fear of falling and can become isolated and inactive. Both situations can trigger a downward spiral of negative health effects we want to avoid.


You likely also know that slip-resistant footwear can prevent falls and encourage older adults to stay active in the winter. However, you may not know that it is difficult to select footwear that will perform well on icy surfaces.  Our testing has shown that it is impossible to predict slip-resistance of footwear just by looking at them. Most footwear on the market today performs poorly on ice.


In this webinar, I will describe how we test footwear, what we have learned about preventing falls on ice as well as the results of a recent field study that showed we can reduce the risk of falls by a factor of at least three with the best footwear.

Date: Fri, Nov 9, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Fall Prevention Community of Practice
 Presenter Information
Tilak Dutta
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Tilak is interested in coming up with new ways of attacking seemingly intractable problems such as falls in the winter, back injuries for healthcare workers and pressure injuries for people with mobility limitations. He is a Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation institute and holds an Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Toronto in the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering.