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  • Preparing for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

    Learn how you can participate in Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), recognized September 22, by attending a free webinar on August 28 hosted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The webinar will explore:

    • the issue of older adult falls in the United States
    • effective strategies for bringing greater awareness to older adult falls prevention and how organizations can participate in FPAD
    • the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) toolkit for health care providers to assess falls risks, create action plans to reduce risk, and link patients to community-based programs
    • funding options, including Medicare coverage for falls and Title IIID falls prevention community program funding 

    More than 40 states and numerous countries worldwide are coalescing to address this growing public health issue; many are working closely with physical therapists as key contributors to reducing falls. This year's theme, Standing Together to Prevent Falls, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population. Forty-six states will participate in FPAD this year, joining more than 70 national organizations, including APTA, professional associations and federal agencies that constitute the Falls Free© Initiative. Find ideas for observing FPAD and your State Falls Prevention Coalition on NCOA's website.

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