Are You at Risk for Falls?

Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence.

30%

experience at least one fall each year

95%

of all hip fractures are due to a fall

50%

of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home

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Which exercise program is best for you?

Level 1


I have a HIGH activity level if I answer YES to:

  • I have few worries about my balance
  • I am able to exercise at least twice a week which include:
    • Getting stronger
    • Improving my balance andflexibility
    • Increasing my endurance activities that increase my heart rate (such as a brisk walk)

Goal: To maintain or improve fitness level

Level 2


I have a MEDIUM activity level if I answer YES to:

  • I am worried about my balance
  • I can do all of the following:
    • Stand on one leg for 2 seconds
    • Climb 10 stairs
    • Stand for 20 minutes
    • Walk 1 block without losing my breathor sitting down

Goal: Improve strength and balance, so I can move around more easily

Level 3


I have a LOW activity level if I answer YES to:

  • I am afraid of falling
  • I have difficulty with:
    • My balance
    • Getting out of a chair
    • Walking (I may need a walking aid like a cane or a walker)

Goal: To be more mobile, steady and able to be more independent.

Talk to your healthcare provider (e.g. your family physician) and complete the Staying Independent Checklist.


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Resources & handouts for seniors

Champlain HealthLine Community Resources

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Geriatrics Learning Centre

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My Falls Action Plan

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Ottawa Exercise for Fall Prevention

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Renfrew County Exercise Programs for Fall Prevention

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Staying Independent Checklist

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The Safe Living Guide—A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors

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What to do if you fall

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Which Exercise Program is Right for you- Geriatric Navigation Tool

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You can Prevent Falls