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Information for Older Adults and Caregivers

Finding Balance

The Finding Balance Program offers up-to-date information to help older adults prevent slips, trips and falls. Preventing falls is important to staying independent and doing what we love to do; visiting friends, playing with grandchildren, preparing meals, or travelling.

Anyone can fall, but as we grow older, the chance of falling as well as a serious injury from a fall increases. The good news is that we can all take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls.

 
 

On this website you will find:

  • Information for older adults, family members and practitioners
  • Tools and resources for the annual public awareness campaign in November
  • How to join the Finding Balance Network
  • The Falls Risk Assessment and Management Algorithm for practitioners

All of these resources are based on the latest research.

Continue to Finding Balance Website

Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers

There are some resources in the Fall Prevention Month Toolkit that are made for older adults and caregivers. Have a look! If you have any questions, please speak to your health care provider.

How to lower your fall risk

Falls can be a serious risk to your health and safety. Learn 10 tips on how to avoid falls.

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Everyday Movements for Balance

Learn simple movements you can do every day to help maintain balance, strength and stay independent.

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Six Warning Signs

Learn six warning signs that increase your risk for falling.

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Safe for Elders, Safe for All

First Nations resource. The Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council explains what you can do to prevent falls.

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Helping Someone Get Up

Learn how to safely help someone to get up after a fall.

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How to Get Up By Yourself

Available in English, French, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Serbian/Croatian, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese. A simple, one page hand out explaining how to get up from the floor by yourself after a fall.

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Ontario Caregiver Coalition

If you are a family caregiver, find out what services and supports are available in your area.

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Caregiver Exchange

This website offers articles and the latest news on caregiving, information about caregiving events, links to services, and tips on caring for yourself and others.

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Challenge Yourself to Move

Use this planner to build activity into your weekly routine.

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Keep Active

Learn how exercise can improve balance, increase muscle strength and prevent falls.

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Tips to Get Active

Available in English and French. Learn tips to help you improve and maintain your health by being physically active every day.

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Exercise for Healthy Bones

Exercise for Healthy Bones offers information and tips on the importance of exercise for people with Osteoporosis.

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Check Your Meds

Some medications can increase your risk for falls. Find out if you are at risk.

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Staying Independent

Fill out this questionnaire about your risk for falls and discuss it with your health-care provider.

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Fact Sheet with 3 Key Messages

Available in English, French, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Serbian/Croatian, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese. A simple, one page hand out with information on how to prevent falls. Developed by Finding Balance Alberta.

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Foot Care and Footwear

Learn why taking care of your feet and shoes are important to help prevent falls.

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Healthy Eating for Healthy Seniors

A three page document with information on nutrition for older adults and practical tips to eat well without a lot of fuss.

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A Guide to Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Find tips and ideas to make healthy eating easy and enjoyable.

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Hydration Tips

This two page document explains how to tell if you are properly hydrated and gives tips for getting enough fluids.

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Keep Your Home Safe

Learn what steps you can take to fix falls hazards in your home

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Preventing Falls on Stairs

Learn about some of the ways you can reduce the risk of falling on or from stairs.

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

Take these steps to prepare for the snow, ice and slippery conditions that put older adults at risk for falls

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