Balance and Falls

According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Physical therapists can help in risk reduction and prevention of falls.

Patient Care

National Fall Prevention Day 2014

  • FPAD 2014: Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow

    Mark your calendars! In 2014, Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 23. There is some confusion between source calendars on the first official day of fall, so we have chosen the day now. American Custom Publishing is adding the observance to all of its senior-supported organization calendars. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness and prevent falls.

Consumer Education

Consumer Events

Consumer Handouts

Multimedia Resources

CEU Courses

Related Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

  • AHRQ Falls Toolkit (.pdf)
  • Falls in Hospitals: Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care
  • Falls Prevention Toolkit Webinar - 4/18/13

    This webinar, with associated slides and transcript, focuses on research and testing behind AHRQ's Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care. The toolkit is a guide that can help hospitals develop, implement, and sustain a falls prevention program. The toolkit offers hospital clinical staff 35 evidence-based tools for falls prevention. The newly posted information, which includes audio from the webinar, slides, and a written transcript, demonstrates how these evidence-based tools were pilot tested to ensure they were realistically implementable, easy to use, and broadly applicable in the acute-care setting. Also presented are the challenges and opportunities experienced by pilot facilities Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, and Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia. Select to access the complete Preventing Falls in Hospitals toolkit

National Council on Aging (NCOA) Resources

  • CDC: STEADI ToolkitNew

    CDC's Injury Center created the STEADI Tool Kit for health care providers who see older adults in their practice who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The STEADI Tool Kit provides information and tools needed to assess and address older patients' fall risk.

  • CDC: Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

    This site includes information for clinicians, consumers, and educators and a number of links to additional programs and resources. Resources and tools such as fact sheets, data and statistics information, and downloadable brochures and posters are available. All of the materials are available online for download at no cost. We encourage you to share this information and promote it throughout your organization.

  • Falls Prevention Community

    APTA members can access this online Sharepoint community and post ideas, questions, etc. about falls prevention.

  • CDC: Understanding Evidence Part 1: Best Available Research Evidence (.pdf)

    A Guide to the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness is a publication of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Transforming Fall Management Practices

    This conference will provide participants with research, best practices, and lessons learned in preventing and managing mobility-related adverse events with a primary focus on falls and a secondary focus on wandering/elopement.


    This site identifies best practices in falls prevention and helps communities offer falls prevention programs to older people who are at risk of falling as a service of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence created by the California Fall Prevention Consortium (CFPC). This Web site includes information for clinicians, consumers, and educators and a number of links to additional resources.

  • Partnership for Healthy Aging: Multidisciplinary Competencies

    The Partnership for Health in Aging (PHA) developed of a set of core competencies in the care of older adults that are relevant to and can be endorsed by all health professional disciplines.

  • Falls Free Coalition

    The Falls Free Coalition is a group of national organizations, including the APTA, and state coalitions working to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. This site provides a link to the National Action Plan in addition to numerous resources and tools for falls prevention including brochures, presentations, legislative updates, etc.

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