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Safe Elders- Bingo

This Safe Elder Bingo game is a great way to engage elders in any group setting on the risk factors of falling through a social game.

Contact: safeforelders@gmail.com
Type of Activity: Social
Target Audience: Older adults
Cost: Cost would be associated with the printing of materials as well as any prizes provided
Timeline for Activity: Can vary


  1. To raise awareness about the different types of risk factors for falls.
  2. To learn what people can do to reduce their risk of being injured from a fall.

Setting Up:

  1. You will need the following materials to play BINGO:
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Fall Prevention Facts Handout
  • Printable 8.5 x 11” bingo cards (50 different cards to choose from)
  • Printable 8.5 x 11” sheets of calling squares (you will need to cut these apart)

Download these materials from the website: http://www.safeforelders.com

You will also need:

  • Prizes
  • BINGO Stampers or Pens
  • A box or bag (not see-through!) to put the calling squares in

Print enough cards to give one (or more) to each player. Make sure you print different cards so that there

are only one or two winners at a time, or if you want more winners, make sure you have enough prizes!

The caller should familiarize themselves with the rules of the game.

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 contacts 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.
Running this activity in a virtual setting:

Host a Webinar

  1. You can host, schedule and record meetings with tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts which people can access from various devices. These tools also allow you to share your screen and have a real-time group chat with your attendees. 
  2. Invite people to the webinar. Set up an event on Eventbrite and promote it through email and social media posts on platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn.
  3. Once people register for your event, you can send them a link to any materials they may need prior to it through email.

Promote This Activity Online

You can share and promote an activity through social media posts and/or email. 

  1. If you’re sharing a social media post to promote your activity, follow best practices like using shorter captions, quality images, hashtags and a clear call-to-action.
  2. If you’re emailing to promote your activity, make sure your email is thorough on what the activity is about and how people can register for it. You can use free tools like Canva to customize its design.