FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY

Did you know that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) overall, particularly in older adults and young children? September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month, and the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is excited to take part in this important initiative. Visit BIAA for resources you can share with others and join us in raising awareness this month using #FPAD2019.

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We'll also be joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day September 23. This day aims to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National and state efforts are published annually in the FPAD Impact Report. Click here to view last year's report or visit NCOA to learn more about fall prevention efforts in your state.

Whether you are a caregiver, health care provider, or person with brain injury, BIAA believes these resources will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of falls or other serious brain injury.

While older adults and young children are at highest risk groups for sustaining traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to falls, everyone is at risk. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. Parents and caregivers can play a key role in protecting children, while adults can take proactive measures to reduce their risks.

The Brain Injury Association of America & Vermont supports the implementation, dissemination, and sustainability of evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies to reduce the incidence of falls. Explore the resources below to learn more and use hashtag #FPAD2019 on social media to help raise awareness.

INFORMATION & RESOURCES

  1. BIAA's Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury Brochure

  2. CDC Falls Facts and Prevention Tips

  3. CDC STEADI Tools and Education Materials

  4. National Council on Aging National Falls Prevention Resource Center

  5. National Council on Aging Falls Prevention Awareness Day

 FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY

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