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KEEPING YOUR INDEPENDENCE

What can I do to help prevent falls?

Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. However, you can take steps to avoid or reduce the impact of a fall-related injury by doing things such as staying physically active, watching your step, checking your medication and speaking up about your concerns. 


To learn more about simple ways to prevent falls, you are encouraged to consult The Safe Living Guide in addition to taking advantage of all the information and resources that are available on this website at your convenience.

Staying Physically Active

Everyone can benefit from regular physical activity. However, the more you move and build your strength, balance and flexibility as you age, the better you will feel and the less likely you are to be injured in a fall.

 

Fortunately, it is never too late, and you are never too old to increase your level of physical activity.  For more information, please click on the following link.

Watching Your Step

If you wish to reduce your risk of falling, it's essential to be able to identify and address the different hazards that may be present around you when completing your daily activities. This includes taking steps to make your home safer, having your vision checked annually, ensuring proper foot care and making sure that you use assistive devices the right way.

For more information about ways to avoid potential hazards, please click on the following link.

Checking Your Medications

As we age, the way medications are handled by the body can change and increase the risk of falling. Keep in mind that some medications can make you feel drowsy, dizzy, or unsteady on your feet. In addition, some drugs alone or in combination with other ones can increase the risk of falling. This is why it's recommended to have your primary care provider or pharmacist review all of your medications annually, especially if you are taking multiple prescription medications.

For more information about ways to reduce the potential risks associated with taking prescribed and over-the-counter medications, please click on the following link.

Speaking Up About Your Concerns

 

Falls usually happen due to a factor or a combination of factors that can be prevented. The good news is that there are many different health care professionals and a wide range of programs and services that are available to help reduce your risk of falling.

 

Don't wait! You are encouraged to consult them as soon as possible to discuss any concerns you may have about falls whether it's for yourself or for other older adults in your community.

 

For more information, please click on the following link. 

Resources

 

  • The Safe Living Guide - Public Health Agency of Canada

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information contained on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your primary care provider or a qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition, or before beginning any exercise program.

Toll-Free Seniors Information Line 

 

The toll-free Seniors Information Line provides a traditional method of speaking with a bilingual, customer-service oriented telephone agent. For basic information about provincial programs and services for older adults, their family and caregivers please contact:

1-855-550-0552

Tele-Care 

 

If you or someone you know requires non-urgent health advice or information, call Tele-Care. A registered nurse will assess your needs and provide information, education and/or advice as required. For access to this confidential and bilingual toll-free telephone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week please dial:

8-1-1

For medical emergencies, call  911  immediately or visit your local emergency department.

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