National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults. Falls result in more than 2.4 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 772,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.
This year’s theme, Strong Today—Falls Free Tomorrow, highlights the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.
Join the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for a falls prevention Twitter chat to raise awareness of how older adults can stay “Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow.” The chat will take place Tuesday, September 23, at 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST on Twitter. Use #FallsPrevention to follow along and participate in the conversation.