Get fit, feel great and have fun at a Healthy Lifestyle physical activity course for older adults. Choose from gentle exercise, falls prevention, Yoga, Tai Chi and much more..
Healthy and Active for Life Online is a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle program for older adults.
Stepping On is a FREE, 7-week fall prevention program for adults aged 65 years and over and Aboriginal adults aged 45 years and over:
The Sydney North Health Network has a number of
Health Pathways to help clinicians and health professionals find services for patients, carers and clients.
To request access, email: HealthPathways@snhn.org.au
The following are HealthPathways relevant for falls prevention:
Falls Prevention ReviewOlder Persons Health RequestsPhysiotherapy RequestsOccupational Therapy for Adults and Older AdultsAllied Health and NursingPhysical Activity Support - Older personsSummary of Request Pages
Everyday, simple tasks around the home can put us at risk of a fall or injury, especially as we get older we get older.
It’s good to look at tasks in a structured way to see which ones are still safe for us to do ourselves, and which ones we might decide to let someone else do for us. Tasks can be divided into regular, occasional or annual ones. Use this checklist to plan your home maintenance and stay safe:
Safety Considerations for Simple Home Maintenance Activities Checklist
Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older. Physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds. It also helps us to remain independent and to get the most out of life.
The NSW Health Active & Healthy website can help older adults identify a list of registered exercise programs in their area that have specific exercises to improve balance and strength.
Practical tips and information for older adults to stay active, healthy, and connected at home.
Tips: Stick to an active routine, nourish your body to keep your immune system strong, remain in touch and support one another, keep the mind active, seek out resources and support. For more information and copies of the resources, visit:Staying Active and Healthy at Home
The Staying Active and On Your Feet guide is a falls prevention resource that provides information and ideas on ways to reduce your risk of falling.
Topics include: staying active, exercise at home, healthy eating, your health, continence, medicines, health & lifestyle checklist and more.
Download a copy at: Staying Active and on your Feet
This exercise program contains basic exercises to help prevent falls. It's designed for older, less active people, who being more at risk of falls, require an appropriate gentle exercise routine. The routine includes chair-assisted seated and standing exercises.
Download the booklet: Staying Active Staying Safe Booklet
View the routine online at:
Staying Active Staying Strong
This is a campaign by the Council of the Ageing NSW (COTA), Arthritis NSW, Diabetes NSW and ACT, and the National Heart Foundation. It aims to bring older adults simple ways to be more active.
For more information, including a brochure on simple exercises to do now, visit:Stay Strong to Keep Moving
The Safe Exercise at Home website aims to support older Australians to stay active - safely - at home. The website shares simple functional exercises and gives ideas of safe ways for older people to increase activity levels at home. The website has been developed by a collaboration of Australian clinicians and physiotherapists from several universities, institutes and health services.
For more information: www.safeexerciseathome.org.au
Use these posters in hospital and carer settings to help patients, carers and visitors be more aware of preventing falls.These posters are available for use across New South Wales from the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission.Visit:
Clinical Excellence Commission's Falls Prevention program The following version are available for use across Northern Sydney Local Health District:
The NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (NSW Health) has information for patients for download.
A range of brochures and resources are available for download and use to help prevent falls.Choose the Right Shoes: A DL (3 panel) brochure with simple hints for choosing safe shoes to help prevent a fall. There are also tips on foot care and shoe shopping Choose the Right ShoesPreventing a Fall in Hospital - Adults: A DL (3 panel) brochure with simple hints for patients and carers to help prevent falling while in hospital.Preventing a Fall in Hospital - adultsPreventing a Fall in Hospital - Family: A DL (3 panel) brochure with simple hints for parents and family to help prevent kids falling while in hospital.Preventing a Fall in Hospital - familyPreventing a Fall at Home: A flyer designed to place on fridges to remind older people about preventing falls. It has 11 top tips for making the home environment safer for older people.Prevent a Fall at HomeDon't Fall For It: A handy bookmark with 7 key tips for enhancing the safety of an older adult to prevent falls.Don't Fall For It
It may be an amusing play on words but April Falls Day (around 1 April each year) and April Falls Month are serious business. These events are part of an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice falls prevention strategies.Discover more:
April Falls Day/Month