Find information for professional training and education, including online courses and webinars, to support your practice.
An Upstream Approach to Falls Prevention (learning module)
This online learning module was developed with public health professionals in mind, as well as others who work in the community who have an opportunity to impact the lives of older adults as they age. The purpose of the module is to understand the importance of older adult falls prevention and be aware of upstream actions and strategies that can be used to address falls. The module introduces facts about falls, risk factors for falls and provides a comprehensive health promotion framework to address falls in older adults and the broader population. The module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum (2017)
The CFPC provides those working with older adults the knowledge and skills needed to apply a public health approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries. Participants learn how to design, implement and evaluate a fall prevention program tailored to their work or community setting.
Falls & Mobility
Falls & Mobility, offered by the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health, is an online educational course designed for health care providers’ continuing education and professional development. The course aims to improve knowledge about risk factors, recommendations for screening and management strategies.
Fall Prevention Education Series
Provided by Upper Grand Family Health Team & VON Canada. A YouTube playlist. Presentations by allied health professionals from the Upper Grand Family Health Team & Wellington County area, filming and editing by Adam Olivero on behalf of Wightman Telecom (last updated Feb. 19, 2019).
Learn how to prevent falls
[Developed by Ottawa Public Health and Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)] This module is for anyone concerned about older adults who would like to learn valuable information regarding falls and fall prevention, such as:
• Personal support workers;
• Friends and family; and
• Older adults who support others close to them.
Positive Steps Work
[Provided by Durham Region Health Department] This evidence-based course helps you to understand how a fall affects seniors, their family and the healthcare system. It looks at the risks that can lead to a fall; and caregiver, family and of seniors’ point of view and the importance of fall prevention. Finally, it helps to identify community resources to help prevent falls.
Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care
The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) offers self-paced orientation courses on fall prevention for clinical and non-clinical team members. Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care for Clinical Team Members teaches members in clinical roles about fall risk factors, falls risk assessments, interventions and strategies for falls prevention, and strategies for communicating about falls prevention with residents, essential care partners and other team members. Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care (Non-Clinical Team Members) teaches non-clinical team members about appropriate awareness and corresponding actions to take to effectively prevent falls and keep residents safe.
Reactive Balance Training Toolkit (Rebal Kit)
Many people, such as older adults and individuals with stroke, are at increased risk for falls. In order to keep from falling down, people must often perform rapid and sophisticated reactions, such as stepping or grasping movements. Reactive balance training (RBT) retrains these rapid reactions. RBT has been shown to improve control of rapid balance reactions and reduce fall rates by almost half compared to no exercise or typical balance training.
Step Ahead to Fall Prevention Training
[Developed in partnership between York Region Public Health and Toronto Public Health] The e-learning module is for health care providers, caregivers and individuals who provide care to older adults. The program consists of two modules. Module 1 on Fall Prevention is available to complete online at your own pace.
Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Course
This short, practical fall-prevention course is designed for home health care aides who provide day-to-day in-home care for frail older adults or persons with disabilities. In addition to training, after the course is completed, optional renewable access to the SAIL Resources is available to graduates, as well as to organizations such as home care agencies, health authorities and community health services.
Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) Fall Videos
Offered by Simon Fraser University, TIPS is a unique university-community partnership for developing new technologies to prevent falls and fall- related injuries in older adults. TIPS uses innovative approaches (such as video capture and wearable sensors) to determine the causes and circumstances of falls by older adults. TIPS also develops and tests the effectiveness of engineering interventions such as protective clothing and compliant flooring in reducing fall-related injuries. TIPS offers four fall prevention-specific modules on their YouTube channel: What causes falls?, Hip protectors, Protect your head and Clinical risk factors.
Canadian Fall Prevention Conference 2020
Videos of presentations from the Canadian Fall Prevention Conference held in November 2020
Falls among older adults: Part 1 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 17, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)
Theme 1: Steppin’ Up with Confidence Plus: The Development and Delivery of a Community Falls Prevention Exercice Program
Presenter: Kristine MacDonald, Prairie Mountain Health
Theme 2: Care Communities – An Opportunity for Upstream Fall Prevention
Presenter: Phyllis Hegstrom, Home Instead Senior Care
Theme 3: Remembering When – Fire Departments Working fo Prevent Fire and Falls
Presenter: Dori Krahn, Saskatoon Fire Department
Falls among older adults: Part 2 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 17, 2020 from 3pm to 4pm (EST)
Theme 1: Finding Balance: Prevention Older Adult Falls in an Evolving Context
Presenter: Nan Shybunka, Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Theme 2: Medications and Fall Risk: Educational Outreach as an Intervention Strategy
Presenter: Loren Regier, Canadian Academic Detailing Collaboration (RxFiles AD and CEP AD)
Theme 3: Medication Prescribed to Ontario Older Adults One Year prior to a fall-related injury
Presenter: Yu Ming, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University
Theme 4: Falls Risk Assessment and Management for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Developing a BC Clinical Practice Guideline
Presenters: Denise Beaton and Megan Oakey, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Falls among older adults: Part 3 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 18, 2020 from 12pm to 1 pm (EST)
Theme: Strong, Balanced and FAST: Working Together to Prevent Fall-Related injuries in Older Adults
Presenter: Dr. Cathy Arnold, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan
Theme 2: Assessing mobility and safety of people with dementia using mobility aids to prevent falls
Presenter: Dr. Susan Hunter, School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario
Falls among older adults: Part 4 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 18, 2020 from 3pm to 4pm (EST)
Theme 1: #FallPreventionCanada
Presenter: Valerie Smith, Parachute
Theme 2: Functional Independance in Acute Care
Presenter: Suzanne Baker, Nova Scotia Health
Theme 3: The Injury Pyramid of Impacts and Injuries to Body Parts from Video-Captured Falls in Long-term-care
Presenter: Dr. Vicki Komisar, Simon Fraser University
Theme 4: Vitamin D Supplementation for the Prevention of Falls and Fractures in Residents of Long-Term Care
Presenter: Kathleen Kulyk, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
Theme 5: Seniors’ Falls in Canada
Presenter: Wendy Thompson and Joanne Bowater, Public Health Agency of Canada
Focus on Indigenous peoples: Part 1 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 19, 2020 from 12pm to 1:30pm (EST)
Theme 1: Pan-Canadian Fall Prevention Training: Current and Future Opportunities
Presenter: Dr. Vicky Scott, School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia
Theme 2: Indigenous Fall Prevention Network: An Overview
Presenter: Dr. Kathy Belton, Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Focus on Indigenous peoples: Part 2 (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 19, 2020 from 3pm to 4pm (EST)
Theme: It takes a village to prevent a fall – how Loop helps you stay connected and informed
Presenter: Shameeza Allard, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Focus on women (Fall Prevention Conference 2020)
November 20, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)
Theme: Balance Flow Yoga: A Community-Based Intervention for Peri and Post-Menopausal Women
Presenters: Dr. Brenna Bath, Dr. Cathy Arnold and Shelly Prosko, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan Prosko PhysioYoga
Falls: Common, Costly and Preventable (webinar)
Recorded Thursday Nov. 18, 2022, and organized by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) featuring Nancy Edwards, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor at the University of Ottawa; Dori Krahn, Community Relations Co-ordinator for the Saskatoon Fire Department who leads the Remembering When program, a fire safety and fall prevention program for older adults; and Stephanie Cowle, Director of Knowledge Translation at Parachute.
Gait and Balance in Older Adults: Slips, Trips and Falls (webinar)
Sinai Health and UHN (University Health Network) hosted this webinar on September 27, 2022, and is part of the Healthy Ageing 101 Webinar Series.
Loop fall prevention webinars
Loop Fall Prevention Community of Practice provides webinars regularly on topics related to fall prevention. These webinars are recorded and uploaded to Loop’s YouTube channel. The webinars are hour-long presentations from experts in the field. They highlight evidence-based information with practical applications for health-care practitioners.
People living with arthritis
Arthritis Research Canada has developed two videos on fall prevention for those living with arthritis.
Episode 7 of the Arthritis Research Education Series focuses on how this organization is working to prevent falls in older adults through research and why this topic is important for people living with arthritis.
Learn how to prevent falls from Senior Scientist and physiotherapist, Dr. Linda Li, in Preventing Falls in Older Adults webinar recording.