Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma.
Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. To recognize this critical issue, at the state level, SCR 77 (D-Lowenthal) was passed in 2008 declaring the first week of Fall each year as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
At the heart of this initiative is the message that falls are preventable. During Fall Prevention Awareness Week, California’s fall prevention coalitions, health care providers, and senior service agencies will hold presentations, health fairs, screenings, and workshops to raise awareness among older adults and their families and caregivers, elder care professionals, and the general public about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce fall risk.
Below are some ideas and resources to help you plan for Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
- Home Safety
- Assistive Devices
- Outdoor Falls
- Medication Awareness
- Talking with Your Doctor About Fall Risks
- Preventing Falls with Pets
National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, September 22nd
- Resources from the National Council on Aging’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center on Marketing and Media, Advocacy, and How to Get Involved