If you’re an older adult, you could be at risk for experiencing a fall. In Canada, 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 65 had a fall in the past year. Falls are dangerous and are responsible for the majority of serious injuries and loss of independence in older adults.
The Porcupine Health Unit is here to help you to stay active, stay independent, and stay on your feet.
Here are nine steps you can use to make sure you prevent a fall:
Come to the Porcupine Health Unit and pick up a free Stay on Your Feet kit or visit the North-East LHIN website.
The kit is free. Drop by any Porcupine Health Unit office to pick one up!
Stand Up! Is a program that is offered throughout the Cochrane district for older adults. It is a free exercise program that runs twice a week for 12 weeks with a trained facilitator.
Stand Up! has easy-to-do exercises that take place in group sessions and are able to be done at home.
In addition to the exercise classes, educational sessions occur once a week to give you tips on things like: identifying home hazards and choosing proper footwear.
Through the Stand Up! program, you can learn how to:
From Soup to Tomatoes is a home-based exercise class that happens online every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ranging from strength-based programs to gentle armchair yoga, From Soup to Tomatoes has something you can do to increase flexibility, balance, and strength. It's also available on USB drives. For more information, check out http://www.fromsouptotomatoes.com/
Send an email to email@example.com to learn more about exercise classes available in your area.
As you age, your body needs less food, but may need more of certain nutrients, such as vitamin D and calcium. Eat a variety of healthy foods to make sure you get enough different nutrients. Here are a few tips to consider:
The OSDCP is a new publicly-funded program for seniors. If eligible, seniors will be able to access free dental care.