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September 2011

falls photo winnerOur biggest year yet!

This year was our biggest ever for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day! A total of 43 states, DC, and Puerto Rico participated on Sept. 23 by hosting events. At least 12 states secured governor’s proclamations declaring Falls Prevention Awareness Day in their state, and the U.S. Senate passed a federal proclamation sponsored by Sen. Kohl (D-WI). We will soon survey states about their activities and publish an overview of our findings. If your organization participated, please contact your state coalition to make sure you are counted.
Find your state coalition | See state proclamations |
Read the Senate proclamation

Debunking the myths of older adult falls 

In conjunction with Falls Prevention Awareness Day, we held a webinar and published an article on Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls. The webinar attracted more than 260 participants, and the article was published on and in Aging in Stride, an enewsletter for older adults nationwide.
Access the webinar | Read the article

falls photo winner 2Photos tell the story

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos in the first annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day photo contest sponsored by Humana! It was difficult to choose winners from so many wonderful entries. Help us congratulate our first place winner, City of Burien Parks & Recreation, WA (shown at top), and second place, City of Phoenix Department of Human Services, AZ (shown here).

Senate Committee gives falls prevention a funding boost

Due to NCOA’s advocacy, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a five-fold increase in falls prevention funding to $10 million for FY12. Funding for falls prevention research under the Centers for Disease Control would increase from $2 million to $3 million, and the Administration on Aging also would have a new line item of $7 million in its budget for falls prevention activities. Both amounts are made available from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The House and Senate now have to come to a compromise on their respective proposals in the coming months before a final bill is brought for a vote.
Read highlights of the bills | See a chart of proposed funding

wisconsin videoCongress hears seniors' stories

Last week, Sen. Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, sponsored a briefing on falls prevention in conjunction with Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The event featured speakers from NCOA, the Centers for Disease Control, Administration on Aging, and state representatives from Maine and Wisconsin. A special highlight was video testimonials of older adults from Maine and Wisconsin who have benefited from falls prevention programs in their community.
Watch the Maine video | Watch the Wisconsin video

Thanks for taking the survey!

Brookside R&D, a Falls Free© member, wants to thank everyone who responded to its survey that was included in the July enews. Thanks to your help, Brookside has made matching donations of $700 to Falls Free©! Unfortunately, many individuals only completed the first page of the survey. If you didn’t realize there were additional pages or you didn’t tell us where to send your gift certificate or matching donation, please complete the survey again as soon as possible. Results are being compiled and will help us understand your needs.
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Find Falls Info
for Your State

Explore our new state coalitions map and see our library of state resources for Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

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One Fall Away

Read a new blog post on how one fall can lead to economic crisis for older adults—and see how you can ask Congress to help.


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Oct. 20-21 in Portland, ME
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Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference
Nov. 16-18 in Vancouver, British Columbia

The Crossroads of Research, Policy, and Practice to Improve the Lives of Older Adults: NCOA Day at the Gerontological Society of America 64th Annual Scientific Meeting
Nov. 21
Boston, MA


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Vision Toolkit
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Do It Right! And Prevent Fractures! The Bone Healthy Way of Life and Exercise
See this award-winning booklet from American Bone Health.

Osteoporosis, Falls,
and Broken Bones

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FallsFree© E-News is published by NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging and the Falls Free© Coalition. Submissions are welcome and should be sent to Copyright ©2011.

The FallsFree© Coalition is a group of national organizations and state coalitions working to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. For more information, visit

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans--especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged--and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit  


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