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ELDERS

Keeping Your Independence

Falls and resulting injuries are serious health problem for older adults in First Nations communities. While there is limited data to confirm any trends, indications are that the rate of fall-related injuries among indigenous older adults remains higher than among non-indigenous older adults.

 

However, through a collaborative approach among everyone who want to help, steps can be made to address this issue together since we all have a role to play. To learn more about available fall prevention resources, you are encouraged to consult the sections below.

Created by the Elsipogtog Health & Wellness Centre in collaboration with Trauma NB, the Fall Prevention for Elders booklet highlight steps anyone can take to help maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.

 

Elders who participated in the development of this booklet demonstrate several fall prevention measures such as eating healthy, taking care of your eyes and staying active.

For an electronic copy of the Fall Prevention for Elders booklet, please click on the following image.

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Safe for Elders, Safe for All

Interested in learning more about steps Elders can take to prevent falls? We encourage you to consult Safe for Elders, Safe for All. This website, developed by the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council, provides valuable information to help raise community awareness about the importance of fall prevention and steps anyone can take to make it safer for Elders at risk for falls.

Safe for Elders, Safe for All includes resources such as a free intergenerational Card Game complete with video instructions on how to play where you try to keep Elders in the community safe from slips, trips, and falls. You will also find an informational brochure, printable safety tips about what to do if you fall, a Fall Prevention BINGO game and more.

To visit this website, please click on the following image. 

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Making Your Home Safer

As we age, making adaptations to our homes to make it safer for our changing abilities becomes more and more important. To help extend the time older adults on-reserve are able to live independently in their homes, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is offering funding through the Home Adaptation for Seniors' Independence Program.

 

This program helps First Nations and First Nation members pay for minor home adaptations
to on-reserve properties. To download a fact sheet, please click on the following image.

 

For more information about other on-reserve renovation programs offered by CMHC, we encourage you to click on the following link.

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Resources