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Key Messages

Under an over-arching theme of Stay independent. Prevent falls., our three key messages have been developed based on current research, evidence-based practice, and focus-testing.

Keep active

  • Keep Active to improve your strength and balance.
  • Older adults with muscle weakness are 4-5 times more likely to fall
  • Try to do 30 minutes or more of physical activity at least 5 days each week.
  • Walking, dancing, Tai Chi and cross-country skiing are a few great ways to be active.

Have your vision checked

  • Visit your eye doctor for an eye exam every year.
  • Older adults with low vision are 2.5 times more likely to fall.
  • A comprehensive eye exam will test your vision and look for issues like glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Alberta Health Care covers the cost for adults 65 and older.

Review your medications

  • Review all medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Seniors taking more than 3 – 4 medications are at a higher risk of falls.
  • Some prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements can increase your risk of falling.

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