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Funding Opportunity from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The “Research to Evaluate Medication Management of Opioids and Benzodiazepines to Reduce Older Adult Falls”

funding opportunity aims to evaluate the effectiveness of medication tapering and/or discontinuation strategies to reduce falls and other unintentional injuries among older adults. The research will advance knowledge about how health professionals can improve medication prescribing practices to reduce falls, overdose, and other injuries in community-dwelling older adults. The current closing date for applications is March 23, 2018. For more information, click here.

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NCOA Falls Prevention Video and Story Contest

The National Council on Aging is collecting and sharing positive videos and stories about older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. Submit entries by October 31 at 11:59 pm EDT. For more information visit: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/marketing-media/2016-falls-free-video-contest/

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New Home Modification Tools, Programs and Funding Sources from NCOA/USC

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) partnered with the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology on a series of projects to feature home modification and home safety programs, assessment instruments, and funding sources to provide resources for families and professionals

You can find the link here:  http://stopfalls.org/resources/home-modification-tools-programs-and-funding-landingpage/

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New Resource from The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

The Lifetime Home (http://lifetimehome.org/) is an interactive resource for older adults, families, and professionals to learn how to make the home safer and more supportive. It highlights common barriers to safe and supportive aging in the home, and features photos from actual homes that demonstrate how home modification and universal design features can address them.

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Register for NCOA’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2017 Webinar

Learn about ideas, tools, and new resources to maximize your impact on Falls Prevention Awareness Day and beyond. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day and this year’s theme is 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls. Held on Thursday, August 10 at 3 pm ET, join NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center, CDC and the National Safety Council for this informative webinar. Register here: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/general-resources/webinars/

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Enter NCOA’s Falls Free® 2017 Photo and Story Contest

Submissions are due on August 25th via Survey Monkey. Winners will be awarded prizes and their photos and stories will be used to increase awareness about falls prevention. Contest details and rules are available here.

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National Council on Aging Releases 2016 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Summary; Over 100 Million Individuals Reached

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has released its 2016 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) Compendium. The 9th annual FPAD was the biggest yet, with national organizations, federal agencies, coalitions, and state and local partners increasing awareness through media efforts, education, risk screenings, and advocacy activities, plus referrals to community-based falls prevention programs. Read the Compendium to learn what your state did for FPAD in 2016, and to get ideas for FPAD 2017!

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USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Alum Discusses Making a Difference in Seniors’ Lives With his Home Modification and Repair Business on NPR

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/528949740/meet-a-home-contractor-who-helps-older-people-age-in-place

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Check out what various states did to recognize Fall Prevention Awareness Day 2015

The National Council on Aging has released its compendium that highlights the varied activities conducted across the country to raise awareness and address the risk of falls among older adults. Click here for NCOA’s 2015 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) Compendium.

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Read about the winners of the 2015 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition! Click here for the full story.

The annual Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition provides an opportunity to recognize students for their innovative universally-designed spaces and products.

1st Place Winner
DAGR: Wield the Cursor
Adrian Po Villanueva
California State University, Long Beach, Industrial Design program

2nd Place Winner
Bathroom Re-Design
Genesis Chavez
The Art Institute of California, Inland Empire, Interior Design program

Honorable Mention
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