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Point Edward, ON – While falls may be the leading cause of serious injuries in older adults, Finding Balance, a new online education resource for Lambton County residents, is taking steps to prevent a fall before it happens.
"Every year, 1-in-3 older adults will fall," said Marnie Garrett, Public Health Nurse with Lambton Public Health. “One problem with preventing falls is that they are caused by an interaction of various factors, including age. The risk of falling and being injured increases as people get older.”
Adapted for use by Lambton Public Health along with other Southwestern Ontario healthcare providers, Finding Balance - www.findingbalanceontario.ca - aims to educate and raise awareness among seniors, and future generations of seniors, about the importance of leading a healthy and safe lifestyle.
"As seniors age, they are more likely to lose their balance, fall and suffer an injury – often with devastating consequences," added Garrett. "Finding Balance educates seniors on proven interventions such as improving health and fitness, making one’s home safer, reviewing medications and speaking up about dizziness."
Finding Balance was originally developed at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, and adapted for use in Ontario.
For more information on falls prevention, call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331, toll free 1-800-667-1839 or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca
For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.
Public Health Nurse
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519-344-2062 ext. 2318