Communications Tools for Fall and Injury Prevention

Events

Falls Prevention Awareness Week
The National Council on Aging sponsors its National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of of autumn (fall) each year.

  • Falls Prevention Awareness Week dates:
    2020: September 21-25 |  2021: September TBA |  2022: September TBA  |  2023: September TBA |  2024: September TBA |  2025: September TBA 

Falls Prevention Awareness Day
The National Council on Aging sponsors its National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of of autumn (fall) each year.

  • Falls Prevention Awareness Day dates:
    2020: September 22 |  2021: September 22 |  2022: September 22 |  2023: September 23 |  2024: September 22 |  2025: September 22  

Fall Prevention Month [Canada] 
In Canada, November is recognized as Fall Prevention Month. Among older Canadians, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations, with 20-30% of older adults falling each year. Falls are also the leading cause for hospital admissions from injuries for children under 10.

Tools

Materials for Your Older Patients
Promoted by the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Initiative of CDC, this website provides educational materials and tools for the general public to improve fall prevention. [url; CDC, 2019]

Fall Prevention Month [Canada] 
This Canadian website provides users with resources to raise awareness and to organize outreach events and activities around fall prevention. [url; Fall Prevention Month]

Media Toolkit
The National Council on Aging created this media toolkit for state and local partners of the State Coalitions on Fall Prevention Workgroup. Users can personalize the materials for their specific community and state. If you are not a partner, please contact fallsfree@ncoa.org to use in your efforts. [url; NCOA]

Falls Prevention Toolkits
This resource provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association includes a how-to guide, PowerPoint presentations, and more to help occupational therapy practitioners prepare and deliver presentations on falls prevention to healthcare providers and community members. It provides both an interdisciplinary or occupational therapy-specific presentation toolkit. [url; AOTA]

Do you know of a great resource that no fall or injury prevention communications toolkit should be without? Tell us about it! Send your suggestions to Amanda Reddy.