Date: September 22, 2016
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 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 Falls Prevention Awareness Day 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.
Download our 2016 badge and use it to show your participation in the national event. The badge is available in several formats and can be used on printed materials and online on websites, email, and social media.
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.
Learn about ideas, tools, and new resources to maximize your impact on Falls Prevention Awareness Day and beyond.
Get tips on how to leverage the media and use our customizable press releases, fact sheets, handouts, and more to promote your event.
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.
- 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall
- Falls Prevention Fact Sheet
- Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls
- 6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall
- Falls Prevention Programs: Saving Lives, Saving Money
Find examples of how to offer evidence-based falls prevention programs, identify potential collaborators, distribute information, and facilitate screenings for falls risk factors.
Examples from our Partners
- Fact sheets
- Sample outreach materials
- The American Occupational Therapy Association’s FPAD Page and Falls Prevention Toolkit
- E-Cards – Missouri
- Flash mobs (Missouri and Arizona)
- PSA – New York
- More >>
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, and/or 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, and/or 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.