WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Council on Aging (NCOA) was awarded a grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to establish and lead the country’s first National Falls Prevention Resource Center to reach thousands of older adults and their families with information on how to prevent falls.
In total, the ACL awarded nearly $5 million to 14 state and local grantees and NCOA to support the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies across the nation.
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 and older. One in three older adults—more than 14 million—falls every year, incurring over $30 billion in medical costs. These falls are often avoidable, but access to proven prevention programs is currently limited.
As the National Falls Prevention Resource Center, NCOA will:
- Provide expert guidance, leadership, and resources for consumers and professionals
- Serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices for implementing evidence-based falls prevention programs
- Establish national leadership and technical assistance structures to scale and sustain successful programs
For more than nine years, NCOA’s Falls Free® Initiative has been the national leader in raising awareness about older adult falls and how to prevent them. Today, more than 43 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies work collaboratively through the Initiative to spread evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies.
“Falls are not an inevitable part of growing older,” said James Firman, NCOA President and CEO. “The state and local grantees, working closely with the Resource Center, will improve access to proven programs and educate thousands of older Americans and their families about simple steps to stay safe as they age.”
In addition to NCOA, 10 domestic and private nonprofit entities and four tribal organizations received two-year grants. Awardees will work in collaboration with the Resource Center to implement or expand evidence-based falls prevention programs.
The grants are part of falls prevention funding allocated from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) provided support and leadership for the funding. The PPHF was established under the Affordable Care Act as the first mandatory funding stream dedicated to improving the nation’s public health.
On Sept. 23, 48 states and numerous community organizations celebrated the 7th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which the Falls Free® Initiative sponsors each year on the first day of fall. This year’s event highlighted the important roles professionals, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and helping older adults have a Strong Today – Falls Free® Tomorrow.
To learn more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day or the Falls Free® Initiative, visit www.ncoa.org/FallsPrevention.
A complete list of ACL Evidence-Based Falls Prevention grantees can be found here.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, visit www.ncoa.org or follow us www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging.
About the Falls Free® Initiative
Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® Initiative includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.