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Are you operating a fall prevention program, and looking for supporting educational materials? Do you want to learn about organizations that are active in helping to prevent falls? Here is a list of organizations that offer valuable materials that can help you enhance your program.

If you know of any relevant organizations not listed here, send us an email at and we will consider them for inclusion.

Click each organization name below for a list of available resources.

International Efforts

Organizational Resources

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Geriatrics Society

American Geriatrics Society, Foundation For Health In Aging

American Medical Directors Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Falls Prevention Interdisciplinary Presentation: This toolkit was developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, a component of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is intended for any health professional involved in falls prevention to deliver to groups of older adults living in the community.

Archstone Foundation

  • Preventing Falls in Older Californians: State of the Art (Preconference White Paper): White paper outlining the significance of injurious falls to older persons, best practices to reduce fall risk, screening for fall risk and descriptions of appropriate interventions tailored to individual needs.
  • Creating a California Blueprint for Fall Prevention (Conference Proceedings): White paper discussing the scope of the problem of fall prevention, interventions in California, other system-wide interventions and effecting change in California.
  • Fall Prevention Center of Excellence: Started in September 2004, this foundation launched a statewide Fall Prevention Initiative in the state of California to help with risk assessment, exercise and environmental modications for fall prevention.

Boston University, Roybal Center

Boston University, Health and Disability Research Institute

  • Exercise: It’s Never Too Late: This video addresses common misconceptions elders have about exercise into old age and shares strategies to staying active.
  • Fear of Falling: It’s A Matter of Balance: This video includes interviews with a group of elders on common thoughts and fears about physical activity that lead to inactivity. The seniors discuss challenges they faced in recovering and maintaining their functional independence.

California State University Fullerton, The Center for Successful Aging

  • Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructor Certificate: This program is designed to provide physical activity instructors and health care professionals with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to develop and implement fall risk reduction programs in their communities.

Canada Public Health Agency, Division of Aging and Seniors

Center for Healthy Aging: Outlines the importance of physical activity in fall prevention.

  • Best Practices in Physical Activity: Outlines the importance of physical activity in fall prevention.
  • Designing Safe and Effective Physical Activity Programs: Descriptions of different physical activity programs that elders can participate in to prevent the risk of falls.
  • Environmental Scan: A comprehensive description an environmental scan used to assess to the problems of falls for older adults.
  • Media Release: Release about Falls Free, a national action plan that addresses the challenges and barriers related to a national falls prevention initiative and outlines key strategies and action steps to help reduce fall dangers for older adults.
  • National Action Plan
  • Research Review Papers: Review includes risk factors and prevention strategies, role of excerise in reducing falls, role of medication modification in fall prevention and the role of environment at home and the community in fall prevention.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

Gerontological Society of America

Home Safety Council

  • Safe Steps to Reduce Falls: Home safety walk-through list provided by the Home Safety Council to help identify and correct potential slips and falls hazards.
  • Home Assessment Chart – This checklist will help you take a note of everything you need to make your home a little safer.
  • Medication Tracker – A weekly tracker to help you remember if you have taken your medication. Also a handy reminder to do so.
  • Physical Activity Tracker – Here are some “fitness building blocks” to help plan an appropriate and effective exercise program.

National Council on the Aging, Center for Healthy Aging

National Institutes of Health

  • Balance Problems: This document explains balance problems and offers treatment and research options.
  • Exercise for Older Adults: Provides benefits of exercise, safety, charing progress and frequently asked questions about exercise for older adults.
  • National Resource Center for Safe Aging: This website contains a wealth of falls-related information for public health professionals, with links to many other useful sites.
  • Taking Medicines: An overview of medicines, taking medicines safely and more.

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

National Safety Council

National Resource Center for Safe Aging

  • This website contains a wealth of falls-related information for public health professionals, with links to many other useful sites.

Partners In Care Foundation

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Prevention Of Falls Network Europe (ProFaNE)

San Francisco Department of Public Health in conjunction with University of California, San Francisco

SeniorCarePharmacist.Com TM

VA National Center for Patient Safety

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

University of Melbourne

University of Michigan

  • Preventing Falls One Step At A Time: Article suggesting that both improving balance through exercise and employing “fall-proofing” behaviors in and around the home will help to avoid falls and reduce risks for falls.