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Social Activities and Games (5 activity ideas)

Here are some social activities and games you can run in any setting (community centre, long term care, etc). All of these activities follow the theme of fall prevention and aim to teach your audience about falls. Use these activities to have a conversation about the importance of fall prevention and what people can do to reduce their risk.

1. Word Search

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Developed by Saskatchewan Health Authority- Saskatoon area.

Search for words related to the risk factors for falls in this word search puzzle. Take this opportunity to start a conversation about fall prevention, risk factors and what can be done to reduce the risk of falling.

This can be done individually or with a group in the form of a contest to see who can complete this first.  It is great to spark conversation of all the risk factors for falls there are.  If you are attending and event use this as an give away or use as part of your fall prevention display.

Cost: Printing costs associated with printing the word search puzzle

Timeline: Can take up to one hour to complete. 

2. CSI Clue Game

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Developed by Lynda Hoffmeyer from Grey-Bruce Owen Sound Cardiac Rehab Program. An activity that allows your group to be detectives for fall prevention. Based on the boardgame "Clue." Can be used with up to 10 people.

Cost: Printing costs may be associated with printing the wall display

Timeline: Preparation time can take at least one hour to read instructions and set up the game. Playtime can take up to one hour, depending on the number of participants.

3. Jeopardy

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Developed by Saskatchewan Health Authority- Saskatoon area. 

Play a game of fall prevention Jeopardy! This game can be used in any setting. It is a fun way to engage talk on the risk factors for falling.  The categories cover various risk factors for falling. Print off the poster to promote your activity. If you have a projector this can be helpful to display on a screen or wall. This works well with one person leading the activity and a helper to make additional comments and hand out prizes.

Setting:  This can be done in the community, in LTC or any setting across the continuum

Cost: Printing costs may be associated with printing the poster to promote your activity and/or the cost of any prizes

Timeline: Can take up to one hour.

4. Fall Risk Factor Visual Brainstorming Activity

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Developed by Saskatchewan Health Authority- Saskatoon area. 

This activity can be used with staff members. Create a visual aid using Bristol board or chart paper and brainstorm with your group the various risk factors for falls. Have your group write the risk factors on the visual aid. Discuss potential interventions/tips on how to lower the risk of falls. Post the visual aid in a visible area and add to it regularly during Fall Prevention Month.

Cost: Minimal costs for Bristol board or chart paper.

Timeline: 10 minutes to an hour or ongoing by encouraging people to add throughout the month.

5. Word Scramble

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Developed by Sherbrooke Community Centre of the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Saskatoon.

This activity can be done as an individual activity or in teams for staff in various sectors. It can be made into a challenge to engage staff (e.g. All completed scrambles can be submitted for a draw of 3 prizes -Tim Horton’s gift cards). 

Cost: The only fee would be for printing and the cost of prizes (if you decided to make it a contest and if the prizes were not donated).

Timeline: would be approx. an hour to make and distribute the copies, make a poster to promote it if you chose to and collecting and completing the draws. Can be done daily for 26 days, or all at once can take up to one hour to complete.

Suggested Action Steps to Host Activities

These are the steps to consider in planning, implementing and evaluating your social activities and games:

Action Step 1:  Planning

  • Read and understand more about the activity you have selected among the options above.
  • Determine who you are targeting for your activity (level of cognition, diversity of the participants, inclusivity, etc.).
  • Where will be the setting of the activity? Who do you think will attend? What are the resources required? Can you partner with other organizations for greater impact?

Action Step 2: Promotional outreach and education

  • Start to plan your activity by designing promotional flyers/materials to recruit participants. Distribute your materials through proper channels (eg. community newspapers, homes, community centres and other community settings where adults and older adults gather).
  • Consider how you will manage the participants recruited. Do you have space/material limitations? Will you need to limit the number of participants for this activities and perhaps have people sign up in advance? Is there enough interest to host multiple events? 
  • Implement your activity as planned.

Action Step 3: Evaluation

  • You can evaluate your activities by counting the number of handouts you gave, or how many people attended, or how many contact you gained from the event. 
  • You can also distribute a questionnaire to measure the level of satisfaction with the activity. See participant evaluation template HERE to customize.