Falls Prevention Resources
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Section: September Associate Newsletter

To keep the momentum going after Falls Prevention Awareness Day earlier this week, we have a few resources that you can share within your community to continue to raise awareness about injuries related to falls among older adults, and of course, how to prevent them.

Share Consumer-Friendly Materials
The Eldercare Locator’s publication Preventing Falls at Home includes a helpful checklist of precautions older adults and their caregivers can take to prevent falls at home, like ensuring all rugs are adhered to the floor with double sided rug tape or non-skid pads. You can also order the publication online.
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center’s publication Falls Prevention Awareness in Public Transportation was developed to help older adults use public transportation independently, safely, and without fear. The publication reviews fall risks and potential safety measures within public transportation vehicles. There is also a separate tip sheet for drivers and older adult riders about safe travel and falls prevention. To order copies of the publication, email contact@nadtc.org and to hear from occupational therapists, falls prevention experts and local transportation providers around the risks of falling within public transportation vehicles, check out NADTC’s Falls Prevention and Transportation webinar recording.
Falls Free Initiative
The Falls Free Initiative includes a National Action Plan, State Coalitions on Falls Prevention Workgroup and much more to include in your year-round efforts.
Borrow From Others in the Field for 2020 Falls Prevention Awareness Day
NCOA provided a set of resources to promote the day, including: a webinar, Twitter chat, fact sheets and shareable graphics. These resources can be replicated as you plan for next year.
The Ohio Department of Aging also held an initiative called “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” on Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This initiative was created to encourage regular physical activity, which has been shown to prevent falls. The effort included hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH to prompt participants to post on social media about their walks. This initiative could be replicated by other states and the Aging Network for Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2020.