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Falls Prevention for Professionals

Falling is not a normal part of aging. You can help your community prevent falls with the right programs, information about home safety, education about strength and balance screenings, and more. Learn steps you can take to advocate for older adults in your community.

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Help Older Adults Prevent Falls This September

Join us September 18-24, 2022 for Falls Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable. Encourage older adults to be falls free and independent by leveraging NCOA's Falls Prevention Awareness Week Promotion Toolkit. 

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Share Your Falls Prevention Stories and Success

Falls prevention IS a team effort, including getting help from you—an aging services professional. That's why we're asking for feedback on NCOA's falls prevention resources, and also any success stories of your falls prevention efforts to be featured in our impact report. Please help us by completing this short survey by November 1, 2022.

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Certain medications increase an older adult's risk of falls. That includes over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies. A HomeMeds medication review can help prevent falls and other health problems among older adults.

May 20, 2022

What Medications Increase the Risk of Falling Among Older Adults?

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Talking is one of the easiest ways to create awareness and spark action. You don’t have to be a falls expert to talk with your friends, your family, or your neighbors about falls prevention.

May 19, 2022

4 Tips to Help You Talk to Older Adults About Preventing Falls

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A senior Black couple is outside power walking in their neighborhood. Regular exercise can help slow or prevent bone loss as well as boost muscle strength.

Apr 18, 2022

Get Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2022

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Apr 4, 2022

Get the Facts on Osteoporosis, Falls, and Broken Bones

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A Black senior man is practicing yoga in the park with other older adults.

Mar 2, 2022

Falls Prevention Awareness Week Impact Reports

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A fire truck and ambulance arrive on the scene first, responding to a 9-1-1 call.

Jan 3, 2022

Partnering with Fire and Emergency Medical Services to Prevent Falls

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A young female caregiver is helping a senior Caucasian woman down the stairs so she doesn't fall.

Nov 8, 2021

Home Modification Tools and Tips to Help Prevent Falls

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Hispanic daughter puts hands on shoulder of her older mother, both smiling

Oct 13, 2021

Chronic Conditions and Fall Risk: Cross-Promoting Programs Across the Continuum of Care

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A fire truck and ambulance arrive on the scene first, responding to a 9-1-1 call.

Sep 9, 2021

Fire and Falls Webinar Series: Engaging Firefighters and EMS for Falls Prevention

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Aug 26, 2021

Strengthening Falls Prevention Efforts with the Help of First Responders

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A senior Black couple is walking their bulldog in the park, laughing while enjoying nature.

Aug 4, 2021

Get Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2021

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A senior Black woman is lifting weights in the gym with her trainer.

Jun 29, 2021

Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers

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A group of multi-generational people have their hands in a huddle, signifying teamwork.

Jun 4, 2021

About the Falls Free® Initiative

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May 25, 2021

The Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Older Adults: Case Studies of Success

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A senior black woman is doing strength exercise with dumbbells in her home.

Apr 12, 2021

Address a Significant Public Health Issue: Funding for Falls Prevention Programs

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A grandfather holds a plank/pushup position while balancing his two young grandchilden on his back.

Feb 5, 2021

Falls Prevention Success Stories

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A Black senior woman is hugging her husband from behind while he's sitting on the couch.

Jan 1, 2021

Get the Facts on Healthy Aging

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Oct 16, 2020

Report: 8 Ideas to Expand Funding for Evidence-Based Health Programs

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Aug 4, 2020

Webinar: 2020 Falls Prevention Awareness Week

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A doctor is consulting a senior woman about her medical condition, both wearing masks.

Jul 30, 2020

Letter for Your Provider: Falls Free CheckUp

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Stephanie Simpson's depiction of Falls Prevention Awareness Week with Yoga for Balance at Eskaton Village Carmichael, Sacramento, CA.

Sep 2, 2019

NCOA's Falls Free® Photo Contests Feature Older Adults Participating in Falls Prevention Programs

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A male nurse is helping a Black senior man walk in a nursing home.

Jun 13, 2019

Funding for Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs in FY20

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A group of professionals are sitting through a seminar while an instructor is up at the front giving a presentation.

Jan 1, 2019

Falls Prevention Data Collection Presentation for Partners

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Jun 9, 2017

Reimbursement of Falls-Related Services with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Flyer

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A senior Navajo, American Indian woman is looking at the camera solemnly.

Mar 29, 2017

Engaging American Indian/Alaska Native Elders in Falls Prevention Programs

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Osteoarthritis and Falls
Osteoarthritis and Falls

Dec 12, 2016

Osteoarthritis and Falls

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A group of older adults is outside practicing Tai Chi. (Image by Nicole Hiegl)

Sep 21, 2016

Video: You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall

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A senior man, wearing plaid and other outerwear, is standing up on a bus and enjoying his day.

Sep 1, 2016

Falls Prevention Awareness in Public Transportation

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A group of seniors is practicing Tai Chi outside. NISC Photo Contest (image by Tara Purtell)

Sep 16, 2015

Video: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

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A group of older adults is walking outside, enjoying nature and laughing/smiling.

Jun 15, 2015

6 Steps to Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults

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