Falls Free© E-News
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 NCOA.org and in Aging in Stride, an enewsletter for older adults nationwide.
Access the webinar | Read the article
Photos 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
Congress 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.
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.
A Matter of Balance: Master Trainings
Oct. 20-21 in Portland, ME
Feb. 15-16 in Phoenix, AZ
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
for Older Adults
Download a free educational toolkit from the National Eye Institute.
Do It Right! And Prevent Fractures! The Bone Healthy Way of Life and Exercise
See this award-winning booklet from American Bone Health.
and Broken Bones
Print and share this flyer from American Bone Health.
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Falls Free© Coalition.