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Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Coming in September!

Article provided by The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them.
Website: www.ncoa.org
More on Fall Prevention: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.
Find your State’s Fall Prevention Profile – Click Here

  • National Falls Free® Initiative
    47 states and the National Falls Free® Initiative that are declaring a statewide Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall, September 22, 2013.
  • The Falls Free® Initiative Petition
    The Falls Free® Initiative also is petitioning Congress to proclaim September 22 as the 6th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

This year’s theme, Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.

“Falls are not a normal part of aging, and this day of awareness provides an opportunity to educate older adults and the community at large about how to reduce falls risks,” said (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, vice president of Injury Prevention with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), leader of the Falls Free® Initiative. “We encourage seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible.”

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:

  • A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
  • Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
  • Having medications reviewed periodically.
  • Getting eyes checked annually.
  • Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.
  • New research also suggests hearing loss should be routinely assessed

At senior centers and other community-based organizations across the United States, programs like A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Stepping On help older adults gain the strength, improved balance, and confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.

Falls Prevention State Profiles

The Falls Prevention State Profiles were created to assist in education activities supporting falls prevention initiatives for older adults. Educating decision makers can take shape though several types of action, online or in-person, as individuals or groups. Effective education is a mix of identifying the right audience (such as the policymaker), having a persuasive message (clearly stating what you want to achieve and how it relates to the policy), and including an individual or local perspective (telling a story). Find the state profiles here.

Find your State’s Fall Prevention Profile – Click Here

For more information, please visit www.ncoa.org/FPAD.

About the Falls Free® Initiative

Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® Initiative includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, please visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.
Website: www.ncoa.org

Posted August 2013 on www.SeniorsResourceGuide.com