Preventing Older Adult Falls and Fall Injuries

Resources

MyMobility
Use the planning tool to help you take the necessary steps to keep yourself or your loved ones safe, mobile, and independent tomorrow.

STEADI Older Adult Materials
CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative for healthcare providers includes educational materials and tools to help them discuss falls with their older patients and their caregivers.

Older Adult Fall Prevention Fact Sheet
This CDC fact sheet summarizes the growing but preventable problem of falls among older adult falls while outlining ways older adults, caregivers, and their health care providers can prevent falls.

Medicines Risk Fact Sheet
Prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and even some herbal products can cause side effects that can increase your risk of a fall or motor vehicle crash. Use this fact sheet to identify medicines that put you at risk and know questions to ask your doctor.

Older Adult Fall Prevention CDC website
Falls—and the injuries they cause—are increasing. Learn how you can prevent falls at CDC.gov/falls.

Each year more than one in four older adults, age 65 and older, experience a fall, resulting in about 3 million emergency department visits, 950,000 hospitalizations and 32,000 deaths. Many of these falls are preventable. The CDC Foundation, with leveraged technical resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is developing user-friendly fall prevention resources for older adults and their caregivers. This program is supported by Amgen.

This five-year project will create digital resources to help older adults assess their risk of falls and develop a plan to mitigate that risk by speaking with their healthcare provider and caregiver. It will also include a communications campaign to educate and provide key tools for caregivers to help them talk to their loved ones about their risk for falls and ways to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

Sign up for news and email updates about this program at CDC.gov/falls.
 


Why Fall Prevention Matters

 

Debra Howry, CDC Injury

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – “Every second of every day an older adult falls in our country. We know that falls are preventable and are not an inevitable part of aging. The resources created through this partnership can help reduce falls, prevent injuries, and save lives.” – Debra Houry, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control


Darryl Sleep, Amgen

Amgen – “The CDC Foundation’s fall prevention initiative shines a spotlight on an important and preventable health risk for older adults. A broken bone resulting from a fall can be a life-altering event. For people with osteoporosis whose bones may be weak and more likely to fracture, it is especially important to take the proper steps to prevent a fall. Supporting this program reinforces our commitment to care that helps to predict and prevent the impact of serious diseases, like broken bones due to osteoporosis, before they happen.” – Darryl Sleep, MD, Senior Vice President of Global Medical and Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Judy Monroe

CDC Foundation – “Falls are responsible for far too many injuries in this country, but they are preventable. We’re pleased to partner with Amgen on this important issue to provide key resources and information to our aging community and those who care for them. With screening, assessing and intervening, we can reduce the risk of falls and improve health.” – Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO


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To prevent and protect older adults from sustaining falls and fall-related injuries by developing and implementing a risk factor prevention program.
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Public Health and Safety Partnerships to Reduce Opioid Overdose

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To equip states and localities with the tools necessary to prevent and respond to opioid overdoses through coordination of public health and public safety.
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Global Road Safety Clearinghouse and Evaluation Lab

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Global Road Safety Clearinghouse and Evaluation Lab
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To launch an information clearinghouse and evaluation lab for global road safety partners and champions interested in evaluating their programs and/or identifying evidence based practices for implementation in the field.

Improving Understanding of Drowning in Africa

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Improving Understanding of Drowning in Africa
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To improve understanding of the types and circumstances of drowning in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to develop, inform and implement drowning prevention programs to mitigate drowning risks and save lives.
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Firefighter Risk Exposure Study Dissemination

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Firefighter Risk Exposure Study Dissemination
United States of America
To analyze banked urine samples from fire service members; interpret results by comparing across studies and to the general population; integrate results from previous collaborative studies; and disseminate important conclusions and recommendations to the U.S. fire service through an online tool kit.

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