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May 2013

september 2013Mark your calendar for
Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2013

Wheels are in motion for the 6th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD). This year’s event is set for Sept. 22, and the theme is “Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time.” We’re planning a webinar on creative partnerships, updating our media toolkit, and more. Watch your email for details!
Learn more about FPAD

What is your state doing about falls?

States are working together to bring awareness, education, and programs to communities. We have overviews of the state coalitions and many state falls profiles, but we like to hear what’s happening in your state! Ohio gave us a great example of tying falls prevention to Older Americans Month.
Meet your state coalition | See your state's profile | Read Ohio’s article

Close-up of man's eyeMay is Healthy Vision Month

Spread the word about the importance of eye health to seniors in your community. Many common eye diseases like diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration have no early warning signs, making regular checkups important. Poor vision is a risk factor for elder falls. Did you know that A Matter of Balance has been adapted to help those with low vision?
Get Healthy Vision Month resourcesRead about Low Vision Matter of Balance

And don’t forget hearing, too!

A recent John Hopkins research study, Hearing Loss Linked to Three-Fold Risk of Falling, noted that even a mild hearing loss can contribute to falls. When people have difficulty hearing, they may not have good awareness of their surroundings, increasing the likelihood of falling. A hearing assessment should be part of an overall risk assessment for falls.
Read the study | Get a free brochure on hearing loss

otago videoOtago training now available online

This home-based, physical therapist-delivered program is now available as an online training. The program, which includes strategies for reimbursement, is 3 hours and can be started and stopped. The nominal cost is $25, for which physical therapists will get 3 contact hours. Over 200 physical therapists have already registered.
Register | Download Otago exercise videos

STEADI toolkit proves a popular resource

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports a high interest in the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries (STEADI) toolkit to train and equip health care providers to screen, assess, and refer for falls risks in older adults. CDC reports 58,131 downloads of individual STEADI materials since they were first posted in December. Watch for the April webinar to be posted online later this summer.   
Get the toolkit

Podcast offers instruction on PQRS falls measures reporting

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures for reporting patients’ risks for falls are intended to minimize falls—and resulting injuries or death—in adults aged 65+. A new American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) podcast walks you through the reporting process for Measure 154 Falls: Risk Assessment and Measure 155 Falls: Plan of Care.
Listen (free for APTA members only)

New resources

  • A Profile of Older Americans: 2012: This online publication provides the latest statistics on the older population and covers 14 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, and health.

Training opportunities

  • A Matter of Balance: Master Trainer sessions are scheduled for June 4 and 5 in Charlotte, NC, and October 1 and 2 in Portland, ME.
  • Stepping On: The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging will be holding a Stepping On Leader Training in Madison, WI, on Sept. 10, 11, and 12.

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