Finding Balance Falls Prevention Program & Campaign

Program
Location
Alberta
Type of Program
Safety, Security & Personal Planning
Wellness & Mental Health

Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors.

  • 20-30% of seniors in Alberta will fall at least once a year.
  • Seniors falls cost $290 million in hospital admissions and emergency department visits
  • In 2019, there were almost 10,000 fall-related hospital admissions.

Finding Balance is an education program and public awareness campaign designed to educate and empower older Albertans to stay independent and prevent falls. The falls prevention program and campaign is developed and led by the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta, in partnership with seniors groups, health care organizations and practitioners from across Alberta.

Community partners, older adults, caregivers and practitioners can use the available resources to provide valuable information on falls prevention and take actions to prevent falls.

All of the resources are free and available to download at

Resource Catalogue – Finding Balance (findingbalancealberta.ca)

For more information on the upcoming campaign visit: https://findingbalancealberta.ca/2021-campaign/

COVID Adaptations

Finding Balance program adapted the delivery of the annual Practitioners’ Day Learning Event for Alberta Practitioners by going virtual. Practitioners’ Day 2021 https://findingbalancealberta.ca/practitioners-day/#

Continued to inform community organizations and practitioners through an E-newsletter Newsletter – Finding Balance (findingbalancealberta.ca)

Adapted Resources to meet the needs of older adults and practitioners during COVID.

1)     Keeping Well This Winter Booklet *NEW*

2)     Tips for Caregivers to Help Seniors Stay Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond Handout *NEW*

3)     Adding Movement to Your At-Home Routine Handout *NEW*

4)     Everyday Exercises for Older Adults (Poster) – Adapted for home*NEW*

Created a movement video to encourage older adults to be active while at home FUNctional Gentle Fit Class from Injury Prevention Centre on Vimeo.

As face-to-face community engagement opportunities are not possible due to COVID restrictions, all falls prevention events were delivered virtaully.