Keeping Your Independence
Preventing falls is important to staying independent. It is about being able to enjoy life’s moments; it is about playing with grandchildren and keeping up with friends. Falls can result in injuries that stop you from daily tasks like getting in a car, rising out of a chair or carrying groceries.
Anyone can fall, but as you grow older, the risk increases. Falls are the leading cause of serious injuries in older adults. The facts do not lie:
About 30% of New Brunswick senior will fall at least once each year.
Falls account for 85% of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors.
4 of every 10 nursing home admissions are the result of falling.
The good news is that you can take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls.
On this website, you will find a variety of resources that are helpful for people who are interested in learning more about fall prevention.This information can be found under the Tool and Resources section or at the end of the following sections.
Some of the materials have been developed with our Finding Balance partners. If you have other resources to share or any feedback, we would love to hear from you. To send us a message, simply complete the form located in the Contact Us section.
November is Falls Prevention Month across Canada. In New Brunswick, the Finding Balance Campaign aim to inform practitioners and the public about the risks of slips, trips and falls, and steps once can take to prevent them. We can all play a role in order help raise awareness about fall prevention. For more information, please visit the Annual Campaign section.
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 physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition, or before beginning any exercise program
The NB Trauma Program is comprised of dedicated partners who are committed to help reduce injuries, provide coordinated trauma care, education and research opportunities. Our formal partners include the NB Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network and Ambulance NB. The NB Trauma Program also has many community partnerships, mainly in the area of injury prevention. These partnerships include police and fire services, schools, non-profit agencies and charitable organisations that focus on wellness.
The Program recognizes that both rural and urban trauma centers, formal and community partners are all an essential part of our system and a key to our success. For more information, please visit our website at www.NBTrauma.ca.
For more information on government programs and services for seniors, their families and caregivers please contact:
Toll Free Senior Line
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 contact:
In an emergency, call 911 or visit the local emergency department.