This recognition was part of a nationwide observation of Falls Prevention Awareness Day that featured education and fun.
Lombard, Illinois (Oct 9, 2019) –Each year, thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, and older adults across the country focus their efforts on one goal: preventing falls. That’s why DuPage Mobility Group partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Initiative to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23. This year’s activities focused on the teamwork needed to prevent falls effectively.
Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging. There are proven ways to prevent them. DuPage Mobility Group’s fun community realization will empower older adults to stay active, independent, and safe in their homes and communities.
Across the country, partners hosted classes and seminars, performing thousands of falls risk screenings, and educated 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 Frank Gazzolo, Owner and President of DuPage Mobility Group. “This kind of education can change a community, and that’s why we’re proud to support Falls Prevention Awareness Day as part of our year-round commitment to supporting older adults in DuPage County.”
“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 is an opportunity to empower and educate everyone about their roles in preventing falls.”
NCOA hosted a Falls Prevention Awareness Day national photo contest, a live video broadcast and discussion on Facebook with experts and seniors on September 23, and a Twitter chat for aging services professionals on September 24.
To find out more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day, go to www.ncoa.org/FPAD.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and protects and strengthens federal programs that people depend on as they age. Working with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA’s goal is to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
About the Falls Free® Initiative
Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® Initiative includes 43 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. Use #FPAD2019 to join the conversation on social media.
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