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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.