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Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016

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Date: September 22, 2016

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The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 22, 2016—the first day of fall. The event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s event is  Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.

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 2015. This year, we hope to expand our reach even further!

The 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) was observed on September 23, 2015. The theme was Take a Stand to Prevent Falls and the official social media hashtag was #FPAD15. We compiled the results of national and state activities. Read our summary now, and get ideas to celebrate FPAD this year!

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.


6 Steps to Prevent a Fall Infographic
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!

Falls Prevention Programs: Saving Lives, Saving Money Infographic
Download and share our infographic on the impact of falls among older adults and the benefits and return on investment of evidence-based falls prevention programs.


6 Steps to Prevent a Fall
Watch and share this 90-second video to educate older adults. Also available in Spanish.


Learn about ideas, tools, and new resources to maximize your impact on Falls Prevention Awareness Day and beyond.

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.

PowerPoint Presentation Toolkit

Download this interdisciplinary PowerPoint to educate older adults about fall risks and strategies to reduce falls, including participation in evidence-based fall prevention programs. The toolkit includes a PowerPoint with sample narration notes, a brief presentation guide, and a list of resources and references, developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.


Print these falls prevention tip sheets and share them with older adults and caregivers.

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 and national activities for FPAD 2015 »

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 organizations 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

2015 FPAD Impact

The 8th annual FPAD on September 23, 2015 was the most successful FPAD campaign yet, with increased participation from national organizations, federal agencies, coalitions, and state and local partners. Over 99 million people were reached during the 2015 activities.

We compiled the results of national and state activities. Read our summary now, and get ideas to celebrate FPAD this year!

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.