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National Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2010

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFPAD) is the first day of fall. This year, it will be observed on September 23. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults. NFPAD was established in 2007 to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

A range of tools and resources to recognize Falls Prevention Awareness Day are available at the Falls Prevention Awareness Day Resource Center housed at the National Council on Aging (NCoA) website. Included among the provided information are guidance on writing a press release, promotional materials and activity ideas. For helpful tips on planning and implementing Falls Prevention Awareness Day in your community, visit the Center for Healthy Aging website.

Additional information on National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is also available at the American Occupational Therapy Association website.

The Falls Free Coalition, sponsored by NCoA, is a group of national organizations and state coalitions working to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. To learn more about this organization, including how to join and a list of organizations represented by coalition members, go to The Center for Healthy Aging website.