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Did you know?

Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older. Each year 1 out of 3 older adults will experience a fall. 20% of older people who break a hip from falling die within a year of their injury. Falls are not inevitable.

The Falling Monologues are a series of stories reflecting the thoughts, emotions, and lessons learned by some older adults after they’ve fallen, developed as a creative approach to spark interest and start discussion about ...


Call to Action Initiative

On Monday, September 9th, the Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles hosted a half day invitational Fall Prevention Symposium and Call to Action.  It included over 50 key leaders, decision-makers, and directors as well as others who have roles in program delivery and implementation across LA County.

This symposium launched a one-year Call to Action to change the landscape of fall prevention in LA County. Speakers provided attendees with information and tools to help them take action. Time was reserved for attendees to build partnerships and begin developing or strengthening ...


Fall Prevention Awareness Week is September 21-25, 2020!

Fall Prevention Awareness Week is September 21-25, 2020, with national Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22! What are you doing in your community to recognize this important issue?

Visit our FPAW page for activity ideas and resources like handouts, The Falling Monologues videos, even Falls Bingo. Also, visit the National Council on Aging’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center for materials to support your efforts, like infographics, photos, videos, and toolkits.


Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Fall Prevention Awareness Week – September 21-25, 2020

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. To recognize this critical issue, at the state level, SCR 77 (D-Lowenthal) was passed in 2008 declaring the first week of Fall each year as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

At the heart of this initiative is the message that falls are preventable. During Fall Prevention Awareness Week, California’s fall prevention coalitions, health ...


National Home Safety and Home Modification Work Group

Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles (FPC-LA) Taking Action to Stop Falls

Falls are a significant public health problem that affects 1 in 3 older adults every year.  In LA County in 2011, over 20,000 adults age 65+ were hospitalized for falls, each costing an average of $64,600.  Falls have devastating personal costs for older adults and their family, often leading to decreased functioning, a fear of falling that limits activities, and even death.  Many people think falls are an inevitable part of aging, but research shows that falls can ...


Description of Projects

Selected Recent and Current Projects:

Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles (FPC-LA)
Funded by The Kaiser Foundation

The vision of FPC-LA is promoting safe fall-free aging.  Its mission is to reduce fall risk for older adults through education, advocacy, planning, and community action across Los Angeles County.  Coalition members, including representatives from public, private, and non-profit organizations, have identified “fall hotspots”- zip codes where older people fall at high rates – to help target programs, conducted a Walkability Workshop to highlight hazards to pedestrians such as uneven sidewalks and ...