Monday, September 28, 2015

Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall

During the first week of fall, National Council on Aging is asking all Americans to Take a Stand to Prevent Falls among older adults.

Too often, falls can cause older adults to lose their independence. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall, and every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Up to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, making it harder for them to live independently.

“Falls Prevention Awareness Day provides a valuable opportunity to educate older adults and the community about falls risks and how to reduce their risks,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “Falls prevention is about being healthy and proactive. There are simple steps that all of us can take to help older adults stay safe and on their feet.”

NCOA leads the National Falls Prevention Resource Center that increases public awareness and educates consumers and professionals about the risks of falls and how to prevent falls, and promotes evidence-based falls prevention programs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Today is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

This year we are highlighting the need for education and action because falls don't have to be a normal part of aging. Follow this link to find out more about the dangers of falls and to download materials you can use to help get the word out in our community.

Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall, and every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Help us educate older adults and the people who care about them so that we can make a difference in Colorado.

New video! 6 steps to prevent a fall

Sept. 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Watch this new animated video—then share it with the older adults you serve!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Webinar: Fall-Related TBIs Among Older Adults

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Falls are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalizations overall and the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations among persons aged 65 and older. This webinar, sponsored by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Injury Center, will provide information on the Injury Center’s efforts to reduce falls among older adults and States’ efforts to identify TBI within in the older adult population. Featured speaker will be Grant Ballwin, PhD, MPH, Director of the Division of Unintentional Injuries, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This session will also feature work conducted or being conducted by Massachusetts and Nebraska to screen, identify and address issues associated with TBI among older adults.

This webinar is being offered to both NASHIA members and non-members, free of charge, as space allows. NASHIA archives all webinars on its webpage for future viewing.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The next Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club meeting is September 22, 2015 from Noon to 1 pm. 
Please join us for a review of an article about barriers and facilitators to evaluating and sustaining fall prevention programs. A copy of the article and details on how to join the Journal Club are available on the Journal Club tab. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

NCOA Falls Free Video Contest

Through the generous support of GSK, NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is sponsoring a 2015 Falls Free® video contest. Details are available at The deadline for submissions is November 2nd, 2015.

What are we looking for?

NCOA is collecting and sharing positive images of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. For example, video clips may include footage from Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities, screening events, and falls prevention balance and exercise classes, as well as testimonials or interviews with older adults.

Video footage will be used in NCOA national media and fall prevention materials. The videos will also be made available on the NCOA YouTube channel and to National Falls Free® Initiative member organizations and coalitions for their use.

Friday, August 14, 2015

2015 United States of Aging Survey

In its fourth year, the 2015 United States of Aging Survey comprised 1,650 telephone interviews, including nationally representative samples of Americans 60 and older and professionals who work closely with them. Professionals included staff from the Area Agencies on Aging, credit union managers, primary care physicians and pharmacists. In addition to the national sample, older adults in Denver and Cincinnati were also surveyed.

Click here to find results, infographics, key findings and full data.