Fall Prevention Information
The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal provides research-based knowledge for the public and professionals related to increasing healthy behaviour within the older population. Information provided includes:
- Research summaries - key messages from new evidence
- Ratings of websites that provide health information - check your sources
- Blog posts: explains scientific information in a way we can all understand
- Decision aids to help you learn what options are available for you
- Provides information on health promotion topics, products, services, programs and healthy aging principal
You CAN Prevent Falls
- Modifications that can be made to the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom
- How to stay active
- Medication management advice
- Highlights the importance of eating health, balanced meals
Finding Balance Campaign
Finding Balance is a campaign made to increase knowledge on fall prevention among seniors in Ontario. It promotes real-life strategies that can be implemented to reduce the risk of falling. Information on the site includes:
- A fall risk calculator - tests your fall IQ
- Information for seniors on fall prevention, staying active and home safety
- Resources for fall prevention classes, and activities that can be done at home to increase confidence
Concussions In Older Adults
Concussion Ed, is a mobile app, that connects people with concussion information on how to prevent, recognize and manage concussions. It strives to provide credible evidence-based information on the go. The app has a “Track” feature that allows the user to record all their experience after receiving a concussion. You can download the app at the apple store, the google play store or access it from the website.
Footwear and Foot Care
As people age, taking care of feet and wearing proper footwear are important to help prevent falls1.
Just like the rest of the body, feet feel the effects of age. Some of these aging effects on the feet include:
-Thinning out of muscle tissue
-Nerves work less efficiently resulting in some loss of sensation
-Blood is more likely to pool in veins, causing feet and ankles to swell
-Arches in feet falter, so there’s a tendency for the feet to flatten out
-Development of bunions
Feet that are healthy and pain-free can help adults keep their balance. That’s why foot care is important when it comes to prevention of falls. Here are some suggestions for proper foot care:
Use warm water when washing feet and dry completely, especially between toes
Trim toenails straight across and not too short
When sitting, put feet up on a stool to decrease swelling
Check feet often for corns, open sores, redness, dry skin and thickened nails
Ask for help or use a mirror to check on feet
Appropriate footwear can also help to prevent falls. The goal is to have comfortable shoes that provide good support. Here are some suggestions you can give your patients for footwear:
Wear supportive, non-slip footwear inside and outside your home
Avoid walking in bare feet, stockings, or floppy slippers with an open heel
Wear shoes that allow room for your feet to swell
Buy shoes with laces or Velcro® closures to ensure a snug fit
1Injury Prevention Centre. (2017). Finding Balance: Foot Care and Footwear. Retrieved from: http://findingbalancealberta.ca/footwear/
Are you ready for winter walking?
Check out our resources on Safe Winter Walking!
Did you miss our webinar last week? Watch the recording and learn about how shoes can be tested for safe winter walking!
Reduce the risk of falls on ice by a factor of three with a new generation of winter footwear: Preventing falls while encouraging outdoor activity
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls among Children
Did you know that slips, trips and falls accounted for 10,084 emergency room visits by Ontario children in 2017? These injuries can be prevented! Here are some quick tips to keep children safe:
Slips occur when there is a lack of traction between a child’s footwear and the walking surface, such as wood or tile floor. Common causes of slips include: spills, icy or wet surfaces, loose rugs and mats, and slippery footwear, such as socks. Prevent injuries from happening by wiping up spills as soon as they happen, securing rugs and mats, and making sure children’s socks have treads.
Trips occur when a child’s foot strikes an object, causing a loss of balance. Trips are commonly caused by clutter on the floor and uneven walking surfaces. Prevent injuries by cleaning up clutter, putting toys away, and keeping rooms neat and tidy.
Falls can occur from a height or on same level surfaces, and can result from a child slipping or tripping causing a loss of balance. Prevent injuries by supervising children and making the home a safe space for them to learn, grow and play.
Check out the Fall Prevention Month Children’s Toolkit for more information and resources on preventing childhood falls.
Submit your events to our Fall Prevention Month Calendar!
Are you hosting an event, initiative or activity this November? We want to hear about it!
Submit your event, initiative or activity to our online calendar. We want to share how our communities coast to coast have coordinated their efforts to prevent falls in November!
Submit your event here!
Fall Prevention Month will be switching to a new email system, effective December 2018. This will not require any action from you, however you may notice a small change in the look of our newsletters. You will always have the option to unsubscribe to our emails at any time.
Updated November 16, 2018