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 falls and fall-related injuries among the aging population, and to address the challenges and barriers related to a national falls prevention initiative, The National Council on the Aging (NCOA), with support from the Archstone Foundation and the Home Safety Council, is spearheading an initiative entitled Falls Free: Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan.
Thirty-six strategies are proposed, based on input from the Falls Free Summit participants. The strategies are organized under goals within each risk factor.