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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 at your own pace. 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

Every November across Canada 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 risks of slips, trips and falls, and steps one can take to prevent them.

 

This year, we hope to continue with our Virtual Trek around New Brunswick in partnership with select municipalities. However, we also encourage you to participate regardless of where you live. For more information, please click on the following link.

Group Learning Opportunities

While we encourage you to engage your organization, community and friends during November, you are definitely not limited to just one month. 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 free fall prevention 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, consult the Fall Prevention Month website by clicking on the program's logo.

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 and neighborhoods where people respect each other and are better connected

Interested in leading such activities, but looking for an idea? 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.

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 by participating 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.

Making Your Community More Age-friendly

Being aware of hazards in your community can help you and others avoid falling when out and about. Issues such as uneven pedestrian walkways, public buildings without automatic door openers or a lack of sufficient lighting and benches along sidewalks are common hazards that increases older adults' risk of falls. This is why we recommend that you do not hesitate to contact the right person in authority to address such hazards.

 

Interested in doing more to help others at risk for falls? You can help make your community safer by making it "age-friendly". Consult the Age-friendly Guide: How to Develop Your Age-Friendly Community (AFC) to learn more about how to join this dynamic provincial movement.

Resources

 

  • Virtual Trek Around New Brunswick

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  • Fall Prevention Month

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  • Connecting Generations: A Toolkit for Planning Intergenerational Events

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  • Age-friendly Guide: How to Develop Your Age-Friendly Community (AFC)

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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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