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American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) Works to End Older Adult Falls

Sep 21, 2018 • by American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division
American Trauma Society

A nationwide celebration of Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania – One day every year, across the country, thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, and older adults focus their efforts on one goal: preventing senior falls. That’s why the American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22.

Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging, and there are proven methods to prevent them. Across the country, partners are hosting classes and seminars, performing thousands of falls risk screenings, and educating older adults about evidence-based falls prevention programs.

“If falls prevention isn’t something that you’re thinking about now, I promise there is someone in your life who’s worried about it,” said Krista Brands, ATSPA CEO. “This kind of education can change a community, and that’s why we’re proud to support NCOA’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day efforts as part of our year-round commitment to supporting older adults throughout Pennsylvania.”

“Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “This annual coordinated celebration is an opportunity to look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and take action to stay safe from falls.”

In addition, NCOA is hosting a Falls Prevention Awareness Day national photo contest, a Twitter chat about medication management and falls prevention on September 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET, and a Facebook Live discussion with a pharmacist about the importance of medication management in reducing falls on September 20 at 3 p.m. ET.

To find out more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day, please visit www.ncoa.org/FPAD.

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