Each year, the BC government proclaims the month of November as Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Month to raise awareness about preventing falls and injuries among older adults, and to encourage leadership and collaboration among health authorities across the province.
You can help by encouraging seniors and health professionals to learn more about fall prevention. Visit the Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness website as well as the following resources:
- BC Ministry of Health, Seniors’ Fall Prevention website
- SeniorsBC, Fall Prevention Resources
- Healthy Families BC website
- The Physical Activity Line – there to assist in taking action for your health and the health of your family and friends. Don’t hesitate to call to gain free advice from a qualified exercise professional on how to prepare for physical activity in an effort to have fun and steer clear from injury.
Key Messages for Fall Prevention:
- Increase physical activity and muscle strength.
- Improve mobility and balance.
- Follow the Canadian guidelines for calcium and vitamin D.
- Have regular vision check-ups and correct vision problems.
- Review all medications with a doctor or pharmacist.
- Reduce trip and slip hazards in the home or outdoors.
For more resources please see: www.findingbalancebc.ca