These recommendations were submitted in response to the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s request for input related to older adult falls and falls prevention. NCOA applauds the Senate Special Committee on Aging for dedicating focused attention and raising the visibility of this critical public health problem that impacts millions of older adults each year. We are hopeful that the Senate Aging Committee’s report will lead to policy and regulatory changes that will reduce the personal and public costs associated with falls and injuries among older adults.
NCOA’s input and recommendations address each topic area identified in the Committee’s request letter. Our recommendations are based on the National Falls Prevention Action Plan, the latest research findings, as well as our extensive experience in working with health care providers, as well as states and local communities that have received grants from the Administration for Community Living to implement and sustain evidence-based falls prevention programs.