Fall Prevention resources
This list of fall prevention resources was compiled by Dr. Eoghan O’Shea as part of his collaboration with Demand a Plan for Fall Prevention Month. This list includes links to various resources, like community programs, interactive communication tools, physical activity planning and information about fall-related injuries.
Loop: Fall Prevention Community of Practice – This is an interactive communication platform for fall prevention that involves many professionals and other people who are passionate about this issue. The resources of this website are all free. You will be able to search for professionals and collaborators by geographic area, watch webinars on fall prevention, find answers to common questions and work privately with members on projects and committees.
Optimal Aging Portal – This free resource offers research and informative articles on a wide range of topics related to aging, health and safety. Articles on fall prevention include “Older people with mental health issues should be offered strategies with several components to help reduce their risk of falling” and “Fall prevention exercise programs reduce falls and prevent injuries in older community dwelling people,” among others.
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation – This foundation focuses on research about evidence-based practices and knowledge about acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and prevention. Their program on neurotrauma prevention focuses on fall prevention research, strategies and resources.
Huddol – This is an online collaboration network that is free to join, where peers and experts support health and wellness journeys .Huddol offers a platform where you can easily find and connect with people experiencing the same things you are.
Choose to Move – Available throughout the province of British Columbia, this is a six-month-long, evidence-based, personal planning program to promote greater physical activity among older adults.Participants benefit from group meetings and one-on-one support from trained activity coaches.
Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario – Information available here includes risk factors, community resources,fall/fall prevention algorithms, exercise videos and presentations. The program is affiliated with the University of Ottawa.
Osteoporosis Canada – This organization educates, empowers and supports people who have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis. A particularly useful resource you can find here is a series of short videos on fall prevention and physical activity guides for people of different ages and at different stages of osteoporosis, including one devoted to tips on how to improve your balance. (The videos are available in English only.)