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Most people think that falls are part of normal aging, whereas most falls can be avoided. The reality is that anyone can reduce their risk of falling by staying active.

Physical activitymanaging medication, and changing surroudings to be safer are all actions that one can take to prevent falls.

Challenge Falls and... Stand Up!

Are you aged 55 or older? Do you want to improve your balance? Do you wish to maintain your autonomy? Then the Stand Up! Program is for you!

This falling prevention program is offered free of charge to independent people aged 55 and over who live at home. 

For more information, consult the Pdf document. Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. pamphlet on the Stand Up! program 
PDF File: 2.3 MB | Available in French only.

To register or to submit questions, contact the facility in your territory:

Territory of Gatineau (Hull, Aylmer and Gatineau areas)
819 966-6530, extension 7114

Territory of Pontiac
819 647-3851, extension 2515 or 2165

Territory of Collines
819 459-1112, extension 2522

Territory of Papineau
Vallée-de-la-Lièvre: 819 986-9917, extension 2217
Petite-Nation: 819 983-7341, extension 6307

Territory of Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
Low and Gracefield: 819 463-2604
Maniwaki: 819 449-4690, extension 187

Myths about seniors’ falls

1. It happens to other people, not to me!
Reality: Most people think that it only happens to others, but the truth is that 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over fall at least once per year. In Outaouais, about 30% of people aged 65 and over suffer at least one fall per year.

2. Falling is a normal part of aging.
Reality: Falling is not part of normal aging. Managing one’s medication well, getting one’s eyesight checked and surrounding oneself with a safe environment are effective strategies for preventing falls.

3. If I limit my activities, I won’t fall.
Reality: Some people believe that the best way to avoid falling is by limiting their activities and staying inside. That is not true! Quite the opposite; physical activity makes it possible to stay independent, with the help of your strength and muscular endurance. Not to mention that social activities are good for overall health!

4. As long as I stay at home, I’ll avoid falling.
Reality: In Quebec, data shows that 70% of falls leading to injury occur in the home. It is therefore important to ensure that the home is safe. Is the lighting adequate? Are there ramps? Are there hand-grip bars in the bathroom?

To learn about the other myths pertaining to falling, read the document Pdf document. Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. À bas les mythes reliés aux chutes chez les aînés 
PDF File: 576 KB | Available in French only.

Useful links

Pdf document. Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. Challenge Falls... and Stand Up! 
PDF File: 2.2 MB

Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal - Les chutes: les prévenir ou s'en relever (site interactif) Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.

La prévention des chutes à domicile chez les personnes âgées - Les dangers de l'environnement domiciliaire Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.

Les chutes… victime ou témoin, sachez comment réagir Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.

Vous POUVEZ éviter les chutes! Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.

Feuillets d'information sur les chutes Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.