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KEEPING YOUR INDEPENDENCE

What can I do to help others in my community?

Interested in helping others reduce their risk of falls? The sense of connection and satisfaction that comes from giving back close to home, can be palpable. In addition, participating in community programs, local events, or neighborhood initiatives can introduce you to like-minded, passionate individuals.

For information about what you can do to help, you are encouraged to consult each of the sections below. Remember, whether it’s for yourself, a loved one or others in your community, we all have a role to play in helping to prevent falls. 

Fall Prevention Awareness Campaign

November is Falls Prevention Month. To help raise awareness of this important issue, the Finding Balance Campaign aim to inform older adults, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the public about the risk of falls and the steps one can take to prevent them.

 

This year, we hope to continue with our Virtual Trek around New Brunswick. We encourage you to join this movement regardless of where you live. For more information, please click on the following link.

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Group Learning Opportunities

While Fall Prevention Month is a great time to help raise fall prevention awareness, consider hosting learning activities throughout the year by collaborating with different stakeholders in your community. Typical activities can include presentations, games and quizzes.

For access to many useful resources to help you plan, promote and host your own activities in addition to more information on a variety of topics related to fall prevention, please consult the Fall Prevention Month website by clicking on the program's logo.

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Leading Intergenerational Activities

Intergenerational Learning describes a way that people of all ages can learn together, which promote greater understanding and respect between generations. This also contributes to building communities where people respect each other and are better connected.

Interested in leading such activities, but looking for ideas? We recommend that you consult Connecting Generations: A Toolkit for Planning Intergenerational Events in addition to the various resources that are available in our Safe Winter Walking toolkit.

 

For more information about how you can encourage others to Walk Like a Penguin!, please click on the following link.

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Becoming a Certified Trainer

One of the best steps older adults at higher risk for falls can take to improve their mobility and reduce their risk of falls is to participate in an exercise-based fall prevention program. However, without enough volunteers the delivery of such programs across the province becomes increasingly difficult.

 

If you are interested in animating exercise sessions aimed at older adults at risk for falls, please click on the following link to learn how to become a certified trainer with a program such as Zoomers on the Go.

Becoming an Age-friendly Community

Communities are directly affected by the aging of their population. For this reason, they must find new ways to adapt to this trend. To support them towards being more responsive to the needs of older adults, you can encourage your community to take steps towards being recognized as an Age-Friendly Community (AFC).

An AFC is a municipality or a community that supports the values associated with active aging since remaining active is essential to enhance the quality of life as one gets older. You can get involved by collaborating with other likeminded people to help establish policies, services, and structures that promote healthy aging and wellness.

 

Please consult the Age-friendly Guide: How to Develop Your Age-Friendly Community (AFC) or click on the following link for more information about this growing provincial movement.

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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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