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Download the 2013 FPAD Compendium

The 6th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on Sept. 22, 2013, was the biggest yet, with 47 states and the District of Columbia participating. What happened where? Find out in the new Compendium of State and National Activities. The report includes survey results from participating states, as well as photos, YouTube links, highlights, challenges, opportunities, and more.
Get the compendium

What's happening in Congress

A record number of Senators signed the resolution to designate Sept. 22 as 2013 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Aging Committee Chair Nelson (D-FL) took the lead for the first time, and eight Senators—Casey (D-PA), Collins (R-ME), Coons (D-DE), Franken (D-MN), King (I-ME), Markey (D-MA), Mikulski (D-MD), and Sanders (I-VT)—cosponsored the measure. NCOA will be thanking the Senators by sharing reports of FPAD activities in their states, and we invite you to do the same. Our Public Policy staff also will be advocating for falls prevention funding as we urge Congress to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund during an advocacy day organized by the Trust for America’s Health on Dec. 10. You can add your voice by sending an email.
See the Senate resolution | Email Congress today | Read why funding is so critical

FPAD 2014: Sept. 23

Mark your calendars! In 2014, Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 23. There is some confusion between source calendars on the first official day of fall, so we have chosen the day now. American Custom Publishing is adding the observance to all of its senior-supported organization calendars.

eyeVision health and falls prevention

The Fall 2013 National Eye Health Education Program newsletter strongly supports programs and services to preserve or treat vision loss, which is a risk factor for falls. This edition highlights vision and diabetes, another known risk factor for falls.
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Call for abstracts for Canadian conference

The 2014 National Fall Prevention Conference, set for May 27-28 in Toronto, is seeking abstracts. The deadline is Dec. 16. Abstracts are to address seniors’ fall or injury prevention, either for research studies or practice/community initiatives.
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New resources

Program and training updates

  • Advanced Training for Home Health Aides: The Carolina Geriatric Education Center has launched a free online version of the NCOA/PHI training program for direct care workers.  
  • A Matter of Balance is now in 38 states and has reached over 40,000 participants. Space is still available for the Master Training opportunities in 2014: Feb. 11-12 (Phoenix); May 13-14 (Portland, ME), and June 17-18 (Charlotte, NC).
  • Stepping On continues to grow. The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, which holds the exclusive North American license, has trained leaders in 16 states. Get information on training online or by calling 608-243-5690.
  • Otago offers a full course for physical therapists online with CMEs for only $25. An online database is available to help physical therapists track patient outcomes. The Otago exercises were recently translated into Spanish. UNC recently announced that Otago will be offered free to all entry-level PT programs for integration within curriculum.

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