Sunday, September 21

Avoiding Slips & Trips for Falls Prevention Day

People with dementia fall 60% more frequently than other adults. Falls Prevention Awareness Day is a great time to learn ways of preventing falls at home or in a care facility. Help raise awareness and reduce fall-related injuries.


The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 23, 2014 — the first day of fall. This year's theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.

Since Falls Prevention Awareness Day was first observed in 2008, participation in the event has grown from 11 states to 47 states and the District of Columbia.

A good place to start is by clicking on:

14 Ways to Prevent Falling at Home

After reading the article, check out these tools to learn more about fall prevention and to help spread the word about Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Tools and Activities

Use these resources to plan and promote a successful Falls Prevention Awareness Day event in your community.

Improve Your Balance

Balance exercises can help prevent falls and avoid the disability that may result from falling. Be sure to try all four types of these exercises.

Infographic

Download and share this fact-filled infographic to educate older adults about six steps they can take to prevent a fall. Also available in Spanish!

Webinar

Access materials from a webinar on how to participate in this year’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Discover how to spread the message, launch a comprehensive approach to falls prevention programming in your community, and reach new audiences of older adults.

Media Toolkit

Get tips on how to leverage the media and use customizable press releases, fact sheets, handouts, and more to promote your event.  

Falls Prevention Awareness Activities

Find examples of how to offer evidence-based falls prevention programs, identify potential collaborators, distribute information, and facilitate screenings for falls risk factors.

For even more helpful resources, go to

http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/center-for-healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness.html#sthash.1ioP6TAt.dpuf



SOURCE:
National Council on Aging

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