This World Health Organization toolkit provides evidence-based guidance on the key approaches to promote and enable older people to be physically active, regardless of who they are, where they live, or their intrinsic capacities (for example their visual or cognitive abilities) or whether they live with chronic conditions (for example, diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis).
The Centre for Aging SMART at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a University of British Columbia affiliated, internationally recognized research centre to accelerate discoveries and new knowledge to improve the lives of an aging population and individuals living with a disability.
Finding Balance British Columbia has a toolkit with posters, articles and screensavers as well as translated resources for older adults in Farsi, Cantonese and Punjabi. The site also has unique information including videos specific to vision, exercise, home safety, sidewalk safety, medications and long-term care.
These guidelines were published in September 2022 in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society. These guidelines were developed by the World Falls Task Force, which assembled 96 multidisciplinary experts from 39 countries across five continents, with representation from 36 scientific and academic societies.
The Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy for Long-Term Care is a province-wide program of outreach activities aimed at increasing awareness about fracture prevention, specifically in long-term care, with a focus on the importance of appropriate vitamin D and calcium intake, and on fall prevention. The toolkit contains valuable, practical information useful for healthcare professionals, caregivers and older adults living in long-term care homes and the community.
Finding Balance Newfoundland has two websites for two of their health regions. This website is for their Western Health Region. Both websites provide information on the Finding Balance Campaign with posters available. Other resources link to Fall Prevention Month.
The Fact Bank outlines provincial, national and global fall-specific data and sources. The Fact Bank includes key takeaways from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s surveillance report on falls among older adults in Canada and other updated available statistics.
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults ages 65 years and older: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep
This resource provides a guide for patients; a guide for clinicians; an information brief demonstrating why the quality standard is needed; quality improvement tools and resources; and performance indicators to help clinicians and organizations track their progress against the standard.
Age-friendly communities – Public Health Agency of Canada
This website from the Public Health Agency of Canada describes the Age-Friendly Communities initiative, explains what makes a community age-friendly and provides information about Canadian communities that are striving to support the health and well-being of older people.
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging – University of Western Ontario
The CCAA is a unique, national research and education centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western. It promotes physical activity and well-being for older adults through a combination of basic and applied research, education, and community-based exercise programs. Its education and leadership training programs instruct thousands of individuals across Canada in standard, evidence-based practices to enhance the functional fitness of older adults at every level of mobility.
Dementia and falls – Canadian Institute for Health Information (2018)
A cutting-edge approach to falls management in the home setting, launched by the The Canadian Home Care Association, together with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Through shared learning, teams from a different jurisdictions and provider types work with each other and recognized safety experts to rapidly test and implement changes that lead to sustained improvement.
Loop is the online communication platform that brings together frontline workers, practitioners, caregivers, researchers and policy planners working for the health and independence of the public through fall prevention. Loop is a place to problem-solve together and discuss how to implement evidence-informed and promising practices.
Finding Balance is a falls prevention program that provides seniors and practitioners with the latest information and resources to help seniors live an active and independent lifestyle. The program uses real life strategies that older adults can use to lower their risk of a fall.
Stay On Your Feet® is Western Australia’s falls prevention program for older adults living in the community. Stay On Your Feet® aims to reduce falls and fall-related injuries among older adults living in the community and encourages older adults to feel confident in independent living.
With a vision that all Canadians play a role in preventing falls, Fall Prevention Month’s mission is to equip health and service providers, business, government and academics with the tools to raise awareness and engage their communities in preventing falls and fall-related injuries.