FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK SEPTEMBER 21-25, 2020
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.
At the heart of this initiative is the message that falls are preventable. During Fall Prevention Awareness Week, fall prevention coalitions, health care providers, and senior service agencies 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.
Although with COVID-19 precautions this year’s activities may look a little different, there is still plenty you can do! Below are ideas and resources to help you plan for Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
- Distribute/email a different flyer each day of the week with various topics as:
- Assistive Devices
- Outdoor Falls
- Medication Awareness
- Talking with Your Doctor About Fall Risks
- Share links for people and their families to have a screening of The Falling Monologues or other falls prevention videos from the National Council on Aging’s falls prevention video contest
- Engage new partners such as the local fire department, libraries, and churches
- Contact local newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and blogs and let them know about your Fall Prevention Awareness Week activities
- Involve your friends and partners in Fall Prevention Awareness Week by posting on Facebook and Twitter
- Obtain a Proclamation for Fall Prevention Awareness Week from your City Council and/or County Board of Supervisors (Resources from NCOA)
Are you wondering how you’ll know if your FPAW event has been successful?