Are you ready for the 10th annual national Falls Prevention Awareness Day (September 22, 2017), and in California, Fall Prevention Awareness Week? Visit our resources page, here, for activity ideas and materials to support your efforts.
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.
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/
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.
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!
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Alum Discusses Making a Difference in Seniors’ Lives With his Home Modification and Repair Business on NPR
The 17th Annual California Senior Injury Prevention Educational Forum will be held Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland. The Forum is a program of the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Senior Injury Prevention Partnership with funding from the California Department of Public Health’s Older Adult Falls Prevention Program. Online registration will be available soon. Email Maria.Ramos@acgov.org for more information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), has launched the free online resource and training, STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention based on CDC’s Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) initiative (www.cdc.gov/steadi). Pharmacists play a pivotal role in helping older adults avoid falls, as medication use is a significant yet modifiable risk factor for falls among older individuals. For more information and to access the training, click here.
NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center has established a review process for program developers and others to apply for possible inclusion on the approved list of programs for future falls prevention discretionary funding opportunities through the Administration for Community Living. Programs approved through the process will also satisfy the criteria for Older Americans Act Title III-D support. To apply or learn more about the process, click here. The deadline for the first round of applications is March 15th.
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Announces Winners of 2016 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition
The annual Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition provides an opportunity to recognize students for their innovative universally-designed spaces and products. This year, first place was awarded to Lamar Pi, San Francisco State University, CA for his modular tray design to support the independence of assistive walking device users, MODU. Zoe Logan, New York University, NY, was awarded second place for her set of assistive kitchen tools, Handled!, that increase access to the pleasure of cooking for people of all abilities, and a student team including Casey Whitney, Lauren LoPresti, and Leah Truesdell from Mount Ida ...