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NCOA and USC Launch National Home Modification Work Group

The National Home Safety and Home Modification Work Group is a collaboration of the National Falls Prevention Resource Center, National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. With 23 member organizations, it aims to engage key stakeholders to advance home safety and home modification policy, education, service delivery, and research.

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Enter now: Falls Free® Photo Contest

The National Council on Aging (NCOA)’s Falls Free® Initiative is holding a photo contest – deadline October 26! Submit high-quality photos of older adults participating in falls prevention programs or activities. Winners receive Amazon gift cards and photos will be used to increase awareness about falls prevention.

Click here for more information and to submit photos.

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National Council on Aging Releases 2017 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Summary; Over 87 million Individuals Reached

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has released its 2017 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) Impact Report. The 10thannual FPAD was recognized by national organizations, federal agencies, coalitions, and state and local partners through education, advocacy activities, and risk screenings with referrals to community-based falls prevention programs. Click here to read NCOA’s Compendium of 2017 activities to learn what your state did for FPAD in 2017, and to get ideas for FPAD 2018!

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Winners of 2018 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition Announced!

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has announced the winners of the 2018 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition. The annual Competition provides an opportunity to recognize students from across the country for their innovative universally-designed spaces and products. Read about the winning designs here.

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USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s Included in Administration for Community Living’s Tip Sheet for Older Americans Month!

Listed as a resource for Home Modification and Supportive Housing, the website  is included under the category, “Your Security,” to help older adults age well and maintain independence. Each May, the Administration on Aging (part of the Administration for Community Living) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Engage at Every Age. For more information, visit:

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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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Staying Active and Safe Outdoors

Whether you are running an errand or going for a stroll, these recommendations from the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence can help you reduce your risk of falling outdoors during the holiday season and beyond.


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Submit Programs for Review by Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Review Council

Programs will be reviewed for potential inclusion on the ACL Title III-D approved list. Letters of intent are requested by November 17. Stage 1 applications are due January 19, 2018. Notification of approved programs will occur in early June 2018. For more information, visit:

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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:

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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

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