Falls among older adults have become a public health concern over the past decade as this growing population continues its active lifestyle. According to research studies, more than one-third of adults in the United States aged 65 and older fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults.  Although accidents can always happen, there are steps that seniors can take to reduce the risk of falls and related injuries.

Special Issue 2015: Home- and Community-Based Meal Services for Older Adults

August 28, 2015

The goal of this Special Issue of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics is to feature state-of-the-field original articles that provide research-based insight into different programs and approaches that deliver nutrition-related home- and community-based services (HCBS). This is the first single body of work that details many facets of evidence regarding these programs,… Read more »

The 4-Stage Balance Test

April 16, 2015

A tool to assess a client’s mobility and risk of falls, based on his or her ability to hold four progressively more challenging positions.

The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test

April 16, 2015

A tool for using the Timed Up and Go test to assess a person’s mobility. The Timed Up and Go test (TUG) is a simple test used to assess a person’s mobility based on the time that a person takes to rise from a chair, walk three meters, turn around, walk back to the chair,… Read more »

The 30-Second Chair Stand Test

April 16, 2015

A tool for assessing a client’s mobility and risk of falls. The 30-Second Chair Stand Test helps assess a person’s lower body (particularly leg) strength. This is associated with the ability to perform lifestyle tasks such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of a vehicle or bath.

State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Falls Prevention

April 16, 2015

State and local falls prevention coalitions have long understood the need for advocacy. But making a real impact on falls and fall-related injuries and deaths demands momentum and effective partnerships. To effect change, we must organize and maximize community assets and resources and institutionalize innovative policies and practices within states, communities, and organizations. This State… Read more »

Falls Free Initiative

April 16, 2015

The Falls Free Initiative is a national effort led by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults. The initiative includes a National Action Plan; National Coalition; State Coalitions on Fall Prevention Workgroup with 42 state members; numerous advocacy, awareness,… Read more »

Falls – Older Adults

April 16, 2015

We want a society where older adults can live safe, healthy and independent lives. While falls are a threat to the health and independence of older adults and can significantly limit their ability to remain self-sufficient, the opportunity to reduce falls among older adults has never been better. This website provides fact sheets, data and… Read more »

Falls Free: Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan

April 17, 2015

Falls and fall-related injuries impose an enormous burden on individuals, society, and the nation’s health care systems. And as the population of the United States ages, the negative impact of falls continues to increase. Yet many falls, and fall-related injuries, can be prevented with existing knowledge and technology. In response to escalating concerns related to… Read more »