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2015 White House Conference on Aging Final Report Released

Since 1961, the White House has held a conference on aging to identify key priorities and actions to address them. Click here to view the conference final report, which includes recent initiatives related to fall prevention and aging in place. For additional information, visit the conference website, here.

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National Council on Aging Falls Free Initiative announces 2015 Fall Prevention video awards

Over 30 videos were entered in the contest, with five receiving awards (including two honorable mentions). The videos are posted online here for use in fall prevention activities.

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A Time to Give Thanks, and Secure Throw Rugs

Many of us spend our Thanksgiving holiday with family and vacation at home. This is a fantastic opportunity to take a moment and check our homes and our loved ones’ homes for fall risks.

Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older. It is estimated that one in three older adults falls each year, with more than half of all falls occurring in and around the home.

Research shows that the most effective way ...

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The USC Davis School of Gerontology invites California students to participate in its 2015 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition!

Seeking innovative submissions from students to win one of three cash awards! The deadline to submit is Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition Seeking Submissions!

This competition challenges students across California to create an innovative design using the principles of Universal Design that support aging-in-place in one of two areas:

1. Space: to reconceptualize an existing kitchen/bath space or create a brand new kitchen/bath space, or

2. Product: develop a product/prototype that embraces and utilizes the ideas and principles of Universal Design for use at home.

Awards: 1st Prize ...

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Second Annual Aging in Place Symposium on Tuesday October 13, 2015

For those in Western and Central Virginia: as part of National Aging in Place week the Western and Central Virginia Council for Aging in Place will hold the Second Annual Aging in Place Symposium on Tuesday October 13, 2015. The focus of the Symposium will be to educate and empower caregivers with knowledge and resources to make caring for their loved ones at home easier. The event will feature speakers as well as a panel of physicians and a panel of Aging in Place experts. Click here for more information.

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NEXT ONLINE SERIES IN HOME MODIFICATION BEGINS July, 2016

Earn an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications right from your computer!  This dynamic and well-respected program includes five interactive, online courses.  Students have access to the latest on home modification research, products, funding strategies, policies, and community planning.  CEUs for some professions are offered!

For more information, go to http://www.homemods.org/online-courses/legal/certificate.shtml

 

 

 

 

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Part 2 of New York Times Special Report: A tiny stumble, a life upended

After a fall, life is upended in an instant. A sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries.

 

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New York Times Special Report: An Aging Nation Braces for More Deadly Falls

As the American population ages, the number of older people who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of older Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents’ desire to live as they choose.

They are hiring architects and interior designers, some of whom wear special glasses that show the building as an old person would see it. Some have begun to install floor lighting, much like that on airplanes, that automatically illuminates a pathway ...

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USC Andrus Gerontology Center leads the way in Aging in Place Initiatives

In an article detailing initiatives to improve living accommodations for the aging population, USC’s very own Jon Pynoos highlights the importance of modifying homes to better fit the needs of seniors. Such measures have the potential to greatly lessen the financial burden on seniors and their families, as well as to reduce government and tax-related spending on long-term institutional care.

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Get Ready for Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2015!

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.

Click here for more information.