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KEEPING YOUR INDEPENDENCE

Am I at risk for a fall?

Preventing falls is important to staying independent. However, studies have shown that the more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.

A fall risk factor, such as reduced muscle strength, impaired balance or visual impairment, is something that increases a person’s chance of falling.

Unfortunately, since the number of fall risk factors a person may have usually increase with age, this explains why falls occur more often among older adults.

This could be due to a combination of different fall risk factors who are typically grouped in four categories: Biological, Behavioral, Social/Economic and Environmental

Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent falls and decrease falls risks. However, the first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them.

Did You Know?

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults

  • More than 85% of injury-related hospitalizations for older adults are the result of falls

  • Approximately 8 hospital admissions occur each day in New Brunswick due to fall-related injuries in older adults

  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling

  • Half of older adults who have fallen before are afraid of falling again

Falls usually happen due to a risk factor or a combination of risk factors that can be addressed. To help determine your risk of falling, you are encouraged to answer all of the 12 statements that are found in the Staying Independent self-screening checklist. 

Remember to print and bring a completed copy of this brochure to your primary care provider to discuss your personal risk factors and to find ways to reduce your risk of falls. 

Click on the image to download a copy of the Staying Independent checklist.

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Assessing Your Fear of Falling

Studies show that a fear of falling can become a vicious cycle in which the greater the fear of falling, the higher is the risk for future falls. To help determine your personal level of concern about falling, you are encourage to answer all of the 16 statements that can be found in the Staying Confident self-screening checklist

Remember to print and bring a completed copy of this brochure to your primary care provider to discuss your fear of falling in more detail and to find ways to reduce your level of concern. 

Click on the image to download a copy of the Staying Confident checklist.

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Consulting Your Primary Care Provider

It is recommended that all adults 65 years and older be screened at least annually by their primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) to help identify and address their risk of falling.

 

As you know, this is done by asking you to answer a series of questions and by completing a physical examination. To help with this process, remember to bring your completed copy of the Staying Independent and Staying Confident Self-Assessment Checklists.

If you do not currently have a provider, you are encouraged to register with Patient Connect NB. Once registered, you will be assigned to a provider on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please click on the following link.

Resources

 

  • Staying Independent Checklist

    • NB Trauma​

  • Staying Confident Checklist

    • NB Trauma​

  • Patient Connect NB

    • NB Department of Health

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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