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January 2014

U.S. CapitolAn historic investment in falls prevention

Last week, President Obama signed the FY14 funding bill. Thanks to our collective, persistent advocacy and support from our champions—Sens. Mikulski (D-MD) and Harkin (D-IA)—the legislation provides $5 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund for falls prevention activities at the Administration for Community Living. As with many aging services, elder falls activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were level-funded at $1.9 million. In this tight budget environment, any new source of funding is an immense accomplishment, but our goal remains lofty—to finally achieve the $10 million for falls that the Senate has proposed in recent years to support work at both agencies. 
See a table of FY14 funding amounts | Review why funding is so critical

Falls Free® E-News to combine with Center for Healthy Aging newsletter

Starting next month, if you’re currently signed up for Falls Free® E-News, you’ll also receive updates about other initiatives that help seniors stay healthy. Falls Free® E-News will be combined with NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) newsletter, which provides the latest news related to CHA’s goal of disseminating evidence-based health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease self-management programs to community-based organizations. We’ll continue to include falls-related news as it happens!
Read the latest CHA newsletter

FPAD logoYou’re invited: Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2014

Mark your calendars! The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 23. NCOA offers a variety of peer-tested and Falls Free® developed resources to help make your outreach efforts a success. Our falls prevention webinar, media guide, and activity list will help you spread the word to people in your community. 
Watch the 2013 FPAD webinar | Download the media guide | Get ideas for activities

Older Americans Month 2014 theme announced

May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme—Safe Today. Healthy Tommorrow—focuses on injury prevention. Falls remain the leading cause of injury and death among seniors, and NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is at the forefront of numerous advocacy, awareness, and educational efforts to help seniors stay safe and independent.
Explore the Falls Free® Initiative

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. Training is also available for nurses and others. Check out the course offerings.  
  • 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, AZ); 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 training information on their website 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 is exploring opportunities to partner with PT schools to embed Otago in their curriculums.

New research

  • A weekly newsletter from The University of West Virginia offers an informative compilation of recent injury prevention research and practice updates.
  • A new brief from the Center for Healthy Aging compiles the positive outcomes from the National Study of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Chronic conditions can increase the risk of falling, so consider the use of CDSMP in your long-term approach.

Falls Free® E-News is published by NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging and the Falls Free® Initiative.

The Falls Free® Initiative includes more than 42 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, please visit:


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The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, please visit