This past week, organizations and senior centers across the country observed National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Falls Prevention Day was started to highlight the significant issue of falls and help older Americans prevent future falls. The day, September 22nd (the first day of fall), included special, scientifically proven fall prevention exercise classes. Including everything from Ta-Chi to the groundbreaking FallScape.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Every year 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 65 will fall. These falls are expensive financially and also can damage many people's quality of life.
The NCOA has collected a series of proven programs and online resources to reduce these surprising and troubling statistics. The NCOA hopes that over Falls Prevention Awareness Day, their educational materials and events can keep older adults safe, active, and independent.
Outside of their Fall Prevention initiatives, the NCOA works year-round to improve the lives of all older Americans. They provide a national voice for older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and the community organizations that serve them.
The NOCA offers programs in 3 critical areas. Protecting older American’s economic security, promoting healthy aging programs and advocating on behalf of older American’s with effective public policy and action. We will be exploring each one of these components over the coming week.
Live Oak Med hopes that you or your loved ones can use the National Council on Aging’s online resources and find an in-person event near you. We also hope that through our brief introduction today you see fit to join us in supporting this organization.
For more information about NCOA and how you can help their cause, please visit the website and watch for our upcoming articles on their programs.
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