There are few things as rewarding as being able to give back to one's community. Community participation is a proven approach that can help address a variety of public health issues. We encourage you to learn more about ways you can get involved in your community in order to help reduce senior's risk of falls.
Annual Awareness Campaign
Every November across New Brunswick is Falls Prevention Month. The Finding Balance Campaign informs New Brunswickers and practitioners about the risks of slips, trips and falls, and steps one can take to prevent them. We can all play a role in order help raise awareness about fall prevention. For more information, please visit the Annual Campaign section.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), making communities age-friendly holds promise as an effective way to help seniors remain healthy, active and independent, and contribute to their families and communities. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) designed the Age-Friendly Communities in Canada: Community Implementation Guide for use by anyone who wants to assist communities to start up, implement and evaluate their age-friendly initiative. This resource is easy to use and contains lots of practical information and ideas that can help any community become more age-friendly.
Similarly, the the New Brunswick government is encouraging municipalities around the province to accommodate seniors through the Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program. This program will see cities and towns receive an award for creating more inclusive communities. To assist anyone who decide to undertake this type of initiative, the Association francophone des aînés du Nouveau-Brunswick developed the Age-Friendly Guide: How to Develop Your Age-Friendly Community (AFC) which gives examples of how to better include seniors in city planning.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Since its creation in 2004, the Program has helped seniors lead and participate in activities across the country. If you are interested, we encourage you to learn more about this program, and how to apply for funding.