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In 2008, the Falls Free® Advocacy Workgroup gained bipartisan sponsorship of the first annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day resolution in the U.S. Senate. In that year, eleven states observed Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The number of states observing Falls Prevention Awareness Day grew to 22 in 2009, 34 in 2010, 43 in 2011, 44 in 2012, and 47 in 2013.The 6th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) was observed on Sept. 22, 2013 to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. On Sept. 19, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating Sept. 22, 2013 as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Sen. Nelson (D-FL), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, introduced the resolution and was joined by Sen. Collins (R-ME), the Committee's Ranking Member; Appropriations Chairwoman Sen. Mikulski (D-MD); and six additional cosponsors—a record number for the resolution this year.   Read the summary impact report of FPAD 2013

FPAD 2014: Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow

Mark your calendars! In 2014, Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 23. There is some confusion between source calendars on the first official day of fall, so we have chosen the day now. American Custom Publishing is adding the observance to all of its senior-supported organization calendars. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness and prevent falls.

Tools and Activities

These tools may be useful to your efforts:

Download and share Take Control of Your Health: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall, our new infographic.

Watch our webinar Falls Prevention Awareness Day: New Resources and New Partnerships to listen as panel of researchers, educators, and program leaders from across the country share their innovative partnerships to promote falls prevention awareness and discover new resources that you can use to spread the word.

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.

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. Get the toolkit >>

Falls Prevention Awareness Activities

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

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

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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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.