Seniors’ Health, Wellness and Fall Prevention

For many older adults a fall will lead to chronic pain and reduced mobility, possibly resulting in a loss of independence. The good news is that a fall can be prevented! This site will lead you to services in your community and resources that can help you stay independent. Explore the links below to see what services are available in your area. A fall is defined as “an even which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level, with or without injury” (World Health Organization, 2016). To find out if you, or someone you know, are at risk of falling, complete the Fall Risk Self-Assessment Tool found here.

Group exercise and fall prevention classes help seniors and people with disabilities living in the community stay healthy and active.Proper assessment by a health care professional can decrease the risk of a fall, help identify contributing factors to falls, and encourage safety modifications.Explore this section to find great information and learn about various types of programs, equipment and strategies to help prevent falls from occurring.

Topics to support healthy aging

Most falls are due to declining overall health and can be avoided by addressing home hazards, preventing misuse of medication, managing blood pressure problems, nutrition and improving movement through regular activity, rehabilitation and using walking aids. Mental health and social connectedness are also very important for wellbeing. Select the links below to explore services in these other areas.

This resource was created in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Visit the French Language Library to find French language services and information on how to access services provided in French.