pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2002 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Falls are a serious business for older adults, as a bad fall can be fatal. The fear of falling is therefore real. However, physically active people are less afraid of falling. By improving balance, mobility, and muscle strength, physical activity reduces the risk of falls. This WellSpring article shows that people can learn how to fall and that older adults benefit significantly from fall prevention intervention programs. The article also provides suggestions on how to prevent falls.
10 pages Published: Oct 2008 GeoOrigin: International
Sherrington, C, Whitney, J.C., Lord, S.R., Herbert, R.D., Cumming, R.G. & Close, J.C. (2008). Effective Exercise for the Prevention of Falls: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, 2234-2243. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02014
This is an Alberta based website created in partnership with many organizations who are concerned about fall prevention. A great place for you and your client to learn about what is happening around the province and to access information and resources.
The HSEP is an evidence-based exercise program for home bound older adults that contributes to independent living and fall prevention. Facilitator training in Alberta is supported by the Alberta Centre for Active Living.
pdf file, 125 pages Published: May 2003 GeoOrigin: International
There is growing interest in the potential for preventive interventions to improve average health status in OECD countries and to tackle remaining health inequalities. The interest includes health services and measures to influence behaviour, and actions to improve the contribution of the social, economic, and physical environments to health. This paper notes the trends in health inequalities in OECD countries, reviews the case for population-health investments, and the evidence on interventions' effectiveness. One focus of this paper is on falls among the elderly.
pdf file, 42 pages Published: 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This guide is for people who are helping older adults to be active. It offers practical information on falls and physical activity as well as exercises and fun ideas to work on balance and strength. Use this resource in your work with older adults in your community to help them stay independent and lower their risk of falling.
This publication is a CDC compendium of effective community-based interventions from around the world. It was developed to help public health practitioners, senior service providers, and others who wish to implement fall prevention programs. It includes specific science-based interventions in three categories: exercise-based, home modification, and multifaceted interventions.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), Report ID #1313.
Sit and Be Fit is an American non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of older adults through exercise. The organization produces the PBS health and fitness television series, SIT AND BE FIT, which airs daily on local stations across Alberta and is a good resource for older adults to use in their own home.
For practitioners the resources available on the web site offer many fun, simple, and easy programs that provide good strength, flexibility, and balance training at a levels. The newest program focuses on preventing falls.
PDF file, 1 page Published: Feb 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
To help prevent seniors from falling, Strathcona County Emergency Medical Services, Pioneer Housing Foundation and Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Area collaborated to deliver a six-month falls prevention pilot project in 2008.
This supplementary article for the February 2009 WellSpring discusses the project.
Li, F., Harmer, P., Mack, K.A., Sleet, D., Fisher, K. J., Kohn, M.A., Millet, L.M., Xu, J., Yang, T., Sutton, B., & Tompkins, Y. (2008). Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance – Development of a community based falls prevention program. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 5, 445-455.
Li, F., Harmer, P., Glasgow, R., Mack, K.A., Sleet, D., Fisher, K. J., et al. (2008). Translation of an effective Tai Chi intervention into a community-based falls prevention program. American Journal of Public Health, 98(7), 1195-1198.