Date: September 23, 2015
The 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 23, 2015—the first day of fall. The event seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
The 2015 theme is Take a Stand to Prevent Falls and the official social media hashtag for this year’s event is #FPAD15.
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 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.
Thanks to generous support from GSK, NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is holding a photo contest! We’re looking for high-quality action shots of older adults participating in falls prevention programs. The winners will receive Amazon gift cards and their photos will be used to increase awareness about falls prevention.
Thanks to generous support from GSK, NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative is holding a video contest! We’re looking for positive images of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities. The winners will receive Amazon gift cards and their videos will be used in NCOA national media and fall prevention materials.
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
- The American Occupational Therapy Association’s FPAD Page and Falls Prevention Toolkit
- Governor’s Proclamation Declaring Sept. 23 as FPAD – Montana
- E-Cards – Missouri
- Flyer – Maine
- Flyer – Massachusetts
- Planning a Falls Prevention Screening and Education Fair – North Carolina
- Flash Mob – Missouri
- Flash Mob – Arizona
- Article – Ohio
- Poster – Arizona
- Letter to the Editor – Wisconsin
- Poster – Tennessee
- PSA – New York
- Placemat – Montana
- Article from an Emergency Room Doctor – Maine
- FPAD Registration Tracker – Montana
- 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:
- elected officials
- fire departments
- health care day clinics
- hospital systems
- 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
- fitness centers
- hardware stores (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc.)
- health fairs
- hearing aid vendors
- specialist footwear stores
- older adult housing
- opticians offices
- physical therapy clinics
- senior centers
- senior meal sites
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.