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.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2015

The 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 23, 2015. This year’s theme is Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.

On September 23, advocates across the U.S. are joining together to Take a Stand to Prevent Falls! Get ideas to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day in your community. 

Use #FPAD15 when promoting your events on social media!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The next Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club meeting is July 28, 2015 from 11 am to Noon. 
Please join us for a review of an article about barriers and facilitators to implementing 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, July 20, 2015

NCOA Falls Free Photo Contest

In preparation for Falls Prevention Awareness Day and through the generous support of GSK, NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is sponsoring a 2015 Falls Free photo contest.  Details are below, on the attached flyer, and also available at
Please share this contest information with your coalitions/networks/colleagues—we welcome all eligible submissions!
What are we looking for? 
High quality action photos to use in NCOA national media and fall prevention materials. Photos also will be made available to Falls Free® Initiative member organizations.
· All photos must be high resolution and not previously submitted for any photo contest
· Images must be clear, sharp, and depict older adults participating in a falls prevention program (evidence-based programs with participant(s) standing preferred)
· All submissions must include:
1. Names of all identifiable individuals in the photo
2. Name of the featured falls prevention program in the photo
3. Name of the individual submitting the photo
4. Organization 
5. City and State
6. Submitter’s name, phone, and email address
All submissions also must include signed consent forms from identifiable individuals shown in the photos.
· 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $250; 3rd prize: $200
· Winners will receive gift cards issued to the individual submitting the entry 
· Judges from the NCOA Falls Free® Initiative and NCOA Communications Department will choose the winners
· Winning photos will be featured in the Center for Healthy Aging E-News and on the NCOA website
Please submit all photos and signed consent forms by August 17th at 5pm EDT to Ellen Schneider:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Webinar: Go4Life: Promoting Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults!

Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Click here to register for the webinar.

Join us for the “Go4Life: Promoting Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults” webinar on July 16, 2015 to learn about Go4Life’s free resources for active aging and how to become part of Go4Life Month in September.

The Go4Life physical activity campaign from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging provides motivational tips, exercise guides, and other resources that encourage older adults to get ready, start exercising, and keep going.

The webinar is being presented by the National Institute on Aging and co-hosted by ACL and the HHS Partnership Center/Let's Move Faith and Communities. You can learn more about the Go4Life campaign by visiting the website.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging

President Obama is scheduled to host the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), Monday, July 13, 2015. Since the 1960’s, the White House has held this conference every decade to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.

The White House is seeking broad public engagement for this event. To participate:

STEADI Online Clinical Training

In coordination with the White House event, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is showcasing the continuing work being done to protect older adults from injury and death from falls. Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in an Emergency Department (ED) for injuries due to a fall in the United States. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from one of these falls. To help prevent these occurrences, CDC created the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative.

Now STEADI is available online as an interactive clinical training, to give health care providers the tools needed to make fall screening, assessment, and intervention part of every clinical practice serving older adults. The content is based on established clinical guidelines and proven interventions aimed at reducing falls in older Americans, so they can stay healthy, active, and independent longer.

The training will be available on CDC TRAIN by July 13, 2015. Search the keyword “STEADI” to launch the training after creating an account, or logging into an existing account.