Social Activities and Games (6 activity ideas)
Here are some social activities and games you can run in any setting (community centre, long term care, etc). All of these activities follow the theme of fall prevention and aim to teach your audience about falls. Use these activities to have a conversation about the importance of fall prevention and what people can do to reduce their risk.
1. Word Search
Developed by Saskatoon Health Region. Search for words related to the risk factors for falls in this word search puzzle. Take this opportunity to start a conversation about fall prevention, risk factors and what can be done to reduce the risk of falling.
Cost: Printing costs associated with printing the word search puzzle
Timeline: Can take up to one hour to complete.
2. CSI Clue Game
Developed by Lynda Hoffmeyer from Grey-Bruce Owen Sound Cardiac Rehab Program. An activity that allows your group to be detectives for fall prevention. Based on the boardgame "Clue." Can be used with up to 10 people.
Cost: Printing costs may be associated with printing the wall display
Timeline: Preparation time can take at least one hour to read instructions and set up the game. Playtime can take up to one hour, depending on the number of participants.
Developed by Saskatoon Health Region. Play a game of fall prevention Jeopardy! This can be used in any setting with older adults to better understand the risk factors for falling. Print off the poster to promote your activity.
Cost: Printing costs may be associated with printing the poster to promote your activity.
Timeline: Can take up to one hour.
4. Step Up to Fall Prevention
Developed by Saskatoon Health Region. Small, printable cards that professionals, staff teams or family caregivers can use to write down how they will commit to preventing falls in older adults. This campaign can be used to create awareness by empowering staff, public, and individuals to take a pledge for preventing falls. A ready-made pledge template below. Post in your area (such as doctor's offices, seniors' residences or in local stores), or have people take it home and place on their fridge as a reminder of something they can do to prevent falls for themselves or others.
5. Spot the Hazards in a Room that can lead to Falls
Developed by Saskatoon Health Region.Set up a mock potential hazards room that can lead to falls. It is meant to be a station that people will walk through to identify the various fall risks within the room. This can be for staff or teams of any organization working in the health care or home setting.
Cost: Minimal costs for materials to set up mock potential hazards.
Timeline: Can take up to one hour, depending on the number of people participating.
6. Fall Risk Factor Visual Brainstorming Activity
Developed by Saskatoon Health Region.This activity can be used with staff members. Create a visual aid using bristol board or chart paper and brainstorm with your group the various risk factors for falls. Have your group write the risk factors on the visual aid. Discuss potential interventions/tips on how to lower the risk of falls. Post the visual aid in a visible area and add to it regularly during Fall Prevention Month.
Cost: Minimal costs for bristol board or chart paper.
Timeline: Can take up to one hour.
Suggested Action Steps to Host Activities
These are the steps to consider in planning, implementing and evaluating your social activities and games:
Action Step 1: Planning
- Read and understand more about the activity you have selected among the options above.
- Determine who you are targeting for your activity (level of cognition, diversity of the participants, inclusivity, etc.).
- Where will be the setting of the activity? Who do you think will attend? What are the resources required? Can you partner with other organizations for greater impact?
Action Step 2: Promotional outreach and education
- Start to plan your activity by designing promotional flyers/materials to recruit participants. Distribute your materials through proper channels (eg. community newspapers, homes, community centres and other community settings where adults and older adults gather).
- Consider how you will manage the participants recruited. Do you have space/material limitations? Will you need to limit the number of participants for this activities and perhaps have people sign up in advance? Is there enough interest to host multiple events?
- Implement your activity as planned.
Action Step 3: Evaluation
- You can evaluate your activities by counting the number of handouts you gave, or how many people attended, or how many contact you gained from the event.
- You can also distribute a questionnaire to measure the level of satisfaction with the activity. See participant evaluation template HERE to customize.