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Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Anyone can fall. As we age, the risk of injury from a fall increases. The good news is that most falls are predictable and preventable. Follow these three steps so you can keep your independence and continue to enjoy the fun things in life.

Move Your Body

You use your strength and balance daily for everyday things such as walking or getting out of chairs. Trips can happen, but strong leg muscles and good balance can help you correct yourself and stay on your feet. Each week, participate in activities to strengthen your leg muscles. Choose activities such as tai chi or sports that challenge balance often each week.

For more information about exercise and fall prevention classes, visit the South East Health Line Exercise and Falls Prevention Resources webpage.     

Improve Your Health

Many older adults take multiple medications. Be sure to review your medications with your health care provider or pharmacist regularly.

A healthy eating pattern will give you the nutrition you need to keep healthy. Choose a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein foods, each day.

Keeping connected and staying social is vital to healthy aging. Try to maintain or strengthen ties to your family and friends. Share meals and social visits with others often. Volunteering is a great way to stay engaged and connected.

Remove Hazards

As your body gets older, changes will occur. Feel confident that you can adapt to those changes and make your home safer. For example, remove rugs, mats, slippery tiles, and objects on the floor. Make sure there are non-slip surfaces on showers and bathtubs.

As we age, changes to vision will occur, but this does not have to lead to vision loss. Have your eyes checked and tested by an optometrist every year.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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