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Falls Prevention Awareness Day


Take a Stand to Prevent Falls

Date: September 23, 2015

The 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 23, 2015—the first day of fall. This year’s event seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. 

Since Falls Prevention Awareness Day was first observed in 2008, we have grown participation in the event from 11 states to 48 states and the District of Columbia in 2014. This year, we hope to expand our reach even further!

Tools and Activities

Use these resources to plan and promote a successful Falls Prevention Awareness Day event in your community.

Note: If you adapt any of these materials, please credit the author or NCOA.


Download and share our infographic to educate older adults about six steps they can take to prevent a fall. Also available in Spanish and Portuguese!


Access materials from our webinar on how to participate in this year’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Discover how to spread the message, launch a comprehensive approach to falls prevention programming in your community, and reach new audiences of older adults.

Media Toolkit

Get tips on how to leverage the media and use our customizable press releases, fact sheets, handouts, and more to promote your event.  

Falls Prevention Awareness Activities

Find examples of how to offer evidence-based falls prevention programs, identify potential collaborators, distribute information, and facilitate screenings for falls risk factors.

Read about state activities for FPAD 2014 »

Examples from our Partners

Finding Partners

Partners can provide marketing and media coverage, help recruit participants, and provide a location for your activities. Try contacting these orgniazations in your community to plan an event together:

  • churches
  • elected officials
  • fire departments
  • health care day clinics
  • hospital systems
  • libraries
  • local businesses
  • local newspapers
  • Meals on Wheels
  • volunteer organizations

Finding a Host Location

Contact the following organizations in your area to see if they're interested in hosting a Falls Prevention Awareness Day activity with you:

  • community centers
  • churches
  • fitness centers
  • hardware stores (Lowe's,
    Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  • health fairs
  • hearing aid vendors 
  • hospitals
  • specialist footwear stores 
  • libraries
  • malls
  • older adult housing
  • opticians offices
  • pharmacies
  • physical therapy clinics
  • senior centers
  • senior meal sites

2014 Impact

The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23, 2014 was the largest yet, with 48 states and the District of Columbia participating. Over 12 million people were reached during the 2014 activities. 

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating Sept. 23, 2014 as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day with a record number of sponsors.

Share Your Activities with Us!

After Falls Prevention Awareness Day, we plan to survey states about their activities and publish an overview of our findings. If your organization participates, please contact your state coalition to make sure you're counted. If you don't have a coalition, please contact us directly.


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Media Toolkit


Use our resources to promote your Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities.

Find a State Falls Coalition
Contact your state coalition and get involved in falls prevention! Find information and contacts in our searchable map.