The North East Local Health Integration Network is taking a step in the direction of keeping seniors on their feet.

According to the NE LHIN stats show that one in three Canadian adults aged 65 or older will suffer a fall each year.

Due to this, they have created the Stay On Your Feet strategy for seniors, a Northeastern Ontario fall prevention strategy that involves the region’s five public health units.

The strategy also includes five tips to keep older adults active, independent and on their feet, these are;

  • Exercise – it is suggested adults 65 and up exercise for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercises in a week.
  • Eating Well – tips include eat protein-rich foods through the day to maintain muscle strength, adequate calcium for bone strength and ample fruits and vegetables as well as water.
  • Managing Medications – keep an up-to-date list of all medications, the list should be reviewed every six to 12 months.
  • Foot Care and Safe Footwear – washing and drying your feet well helps prevent problems from developing, and wearing shoes that fit properly, with a firm sole and good grip.
  • Eliminating Hazards that may Cause Falls – where possible, try to lessen hazards such as wet floors, pets and their oys, unsecured electrical chords, and carpeted stairs.

Full details on how to access further information on fall prevention can be found here.