Welcome to the website of the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program.

TIPS is a unique university-community partnership for developing new technologies to prevent falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. We are funded by the AGE-WELL National Centre for Excellence (NCE), and by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) through the Emerging Teams in Mobility in Aging and Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research programs.

Everyone experiences a fall now and then. While most falls do not cause serious injury, occasionally we are reminded of how even a simple fall from standing can be catastrophic. Indeed, falls from standing height are the most common cause of injury-related hospitalizations across the lifespan. 

Falls are especially devastating among older adults, as the cause of over 90% of hip fractures and wrist fractures, and 60% of head injuries in this population. Approximately 20% of hip fracture patients die within a year, and 50% will not return to their pre-fracture level of mobility and independence.

TIPS uses innovative approaches (such as video capture and wearable sensors) to determine the causes and circumstances of falls of older adults. We also develop and test the effectiveness of engineering interventions such as protective clothing and compliant flooring in reducing fall-related injuries.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about this innovative program.

The above video is based on a 2009 Discovery Channel episode highlighting TIPS research on fall injury prevention.


Lab contact information: 

Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory 
Room K8508 
Simon Fraser University 
8888 University Drive 
Burnaby, BC, Canada 
V5A 1S6 
Telephone: 778.782.6679 
Fax: 778.782.3040

Recent News


November 9th, 2015- Congratulations to TIPS researchers Yijian Yang, Kim van Schooten, Heather McKay, Joanie Sims-Gould and Stephen Robinovitch for successfully obtaining a Mitacs Accelerate grant for the development of evidence-informed guidelines for recreational programs to enhance mobility of older adults in long-term care. Yijian and Kim will work closely with the BC Care Providers Association and BC Therapeutic Recreation Association to survey evidence of the effectiveness of recreational therapy programs in residential care and will disseminate this information through a therapy guide and decision making tool.


On 22 and 23 October, TIPS researchers attended the first AGE-WELL NCE Conference. Researchers Omar Aziz, Chantelle Lachance, Yijian Yang and Kim van Schooten presented a poster on TIPS’ work within AGE-WELL and Kim provided a one-minute research pitch about our work on technologies to predict, prevent and detect falls.


In July 2015, TIPS received a grant of $50,000 from the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, which will be used to support student trainees who will conduct research of the design and application of technology to prevent injuries and improve the lives of older adults. Students are working on novel compliant floor designs, analysis of falls captured with video networks and wearable sensors, and development of a stick-on hip protector older patients in the acute care environment. We are extremely grateful to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation for their support of TIPS research trainees!


In April 2015, TIPS received a grant from AGE-WELL NCE Inc., a national research network supporting research, networking, commercialization, knowledge mobilization and capacity building activities in technology and aging to improve the quality of life of Canadians and contribute to the economic impact of Canada. AGE-WELL is a member of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), a Government of Canada program that funds partnerships between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. We are very excited to join AGE-WELL, and look forward to the first annual AGE-WELL meeting on October 22-23, 2015.