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.
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.
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:
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.
This collection of effective fall interventions is designed to help public health practitioners, senior service providers, clinicians, and others who want to address older adult falls in their community.