Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tai Chi instructor class July 15-16

Tai chi:Moving for Better Balance (TCMBB) is an evidence-based falls prevention program. It has been successfully integrated into over 40 parks and recreation departments and other community locations thoughout Colorado. An instructor training class for TCMBB will be held July 15-16 in Arvada. Details on the class are available here.

An article from the National Recreation and Parks Association magazine on the value of Tai Chi classes for older adults is available here

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Publication: Lessons Learned Implementing CDC’s STEADI Fall Prevention Initiative

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in adults 65 years and older, with death rates doubling since the year 2000. In response to this growing public health problem, CDC developed STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) to help make falls screening and management a routine part of clinical care.
A new article in The Gerontologist, "Lessons Learned from Implementing CDC’s STEADI Fall Prevention Algorithm in Primary Care", describes a successful and practical application of STEADI in the large academic internal medicine clinic at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR.
Successful implementation of the STEADI algorithm was facilitated by:
  • Obtaining buy-in from clinic leadership and staff,
  • Adapting STEADI to fit within existing clinic processes,
  • Developing electronic health record (EHR) tools based on STEADI,
  • Having clinical champions embedded within the practice to quickly identify and respond to challenges, and
  • Partnering with the state public health department to link patients to community resources.
Free access to this article and its supplemental materials are available from now until July 4, 2016.
Based largely on the STEADI EHR tools developed and tested at OHSU, CDC worked with Epic, OHSU, and the University of Wisconsin to develop a Clinical Program for Epic EHR Systems—Preventing Falls in Primary Care Using STEADI—which is available in Epic 2015 Edition 3 of the Foundation System. Epic users can contact their representative for more information. A STEADI module for GE Centricity EHRs is forthcoming.
Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Specific steps, such as those used in the STEADI initiative, can be taken within the clinical setting to help safeguard older Americans so they stay healthy, active, and independent longer.
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  • Learn how you can implement STEADI into your clinical practice to help prevent older adult falls. A new article in The Gerontologist shows how one practice successfully accomplished this. Download this article, along with informative supplemental materials today.
  • New article explores lessons learned implementing #STEADI into clinical practice. Read and learn more
  • Clinic leadership buy-in, EHR tools & clinical champions = keys to success in implementing CDC’s STEADI.

Monday, February 1, 2016

SAVIR Webinar February 3 Sponsored by NCIPC

You are invited to join us for an injury prevention webinar on selecting, developing and conducting effective community injury prevention programmatic initiatives from a Trauma Center. This is the first in a series that is expected to pay particular attention to ACS verification standards for injury prevention. Speakers and the discussant will suggest effective ways to select programmatic areas for targeted interventions that have proven effective interventions. Participants will receive information on how to access resources related to program identification, implementation, scale up and impact assessment for injury prevention initiatives in communities served by trauma centers. The first webinar is free to all participants and is being jointly sponsored by the SAVIR Council of Centers and the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

Please register for the free webinar at this link:

Call in information:
Title: NCIPC Call with Injury Prevention Coordinators in Trauma Centers
When: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 2 PM Eastern time
Conference Bridge line: 1-877-937-6089; Participant Code: 6673907
Web Meeting URL:

Speakers, Discussant and Moderator:

Dr. Debra Houry, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control , CDC
Dr. Sara Patterson, Associate Director for Policy, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC

Dr. Pina Violano, Course Director of the American Trauma Society’s (ATS) Injury Prevention Coordinator’s Course; Board member, ACS Trauma Prevention Coalition and Director of Injury Prevention at ACS verified Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers, Yale, New Haven, CT

Dr. Joyce Pressley, Chair, SAVIR Council of Centers, Associate Professor, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, NY, NY

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NCOA 2015 Falls Free® video contest winners

Congratulations to all the 2015 Falls Free® video contest winners! Over 30 videos were entered in the contest, and competition was extremely keen. Many thanks to everyone who submitted entries, to the judges, and to GSK for supporting the contest.

· First Place: Putnam Aging, Saint Albans, WV
· Second Place: New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Taskforce, Lebanon, NH
· Third Place: Chinese American Service League, Chicago, IL
· Honorable Mention: John Corona, Fairlawn, NY
· Honorable Mention: Eskaton (Dovos Media), Carmichael, CA

We hope you can use these videos in your fall prevention activities.

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!