Fall Prevention Awareness Day
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Posted by: Kanaka Sathasivan
By: Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. More than 25% of seniors fall, but fewer than half report the fall to their physician. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fall death rate for seniors have increased by 30% since 2007. In 2016, 1,540 older Texans died from falls.
Sept. 22, 2018, the first day of fall, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to raise awareness for falls prevention in older adults. Sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the theme for this year’s event is “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.” Numerous organizations are participating in the national Falls Free Initiative.
To participate this year, learn more on the website, or to plan your own event for next year, download the NCOA Checklist. You can also join into the FPAD Facebook Live event Sept. 20, 3:00 pm EST and the FPAD Twitter Chat Sept. 25, 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST.
Share your activities for Falls Prevention Awareness Day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members: Sign in to learn more about assessing the risk of falls in patients and find educational tools.