National Falls Prevention Awareness Day—observed the first day of fall to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults—is September 23. Begin planning your falls prevention activities today with APTA's consumer education resources. Additional tips can be found on the National Council on Aging Web site. Share your ideas and plans to observe this important day with Anita Bemis-Dougherty, PT, DPT, MAS, in APTA's practice department.
APTA will attend a congressional briefing on falls prevention on September 21, 2 pm-3:30 pm, room G11, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Participants will include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; the Administration on Aging; and 2 very active states, Wisconsin and Maine, representing the State Coalitions on Fall Prevention Workgroup. PTs are encouraged to attend this and similar events to learn more about federal and state initiatives related to fall prevention and increase collaboration in this effort to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths among our most vulnerable citizenry. APTA is an active member of the Falls Free Coalition.