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Falls Free

It is estimated that in the United States one third of seniors over the age of 65 and one half of seniors over the age of 80 will fall each year, resulting in medical costs exceeding $27 billion annually. Most falls are preventable.

To highlight fall hazards and increase awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls, New Jersey recognizes the first week of Fall -- September 22-28, 2014 -- as “Falls Prevention Awareness Week.”

Falls Prevention Awareness Week Promotional & Educational Materials:
Governor Christie's Falls Prevention Awareness Week Proclamation 
View the Governor's proclamation.
Table Top Placemat 
[pdf 127k]
26,000 copies of this fun and educational placemat have been distributed to congregate meal sites and home delivered meal programs. If printing, we recommend using 11x17 sized paper.

Home Safety Checklist [pdf 76k]
A tool you can use to make sure your risk of falling in your home is reduced.

Home Safety Poster [pdf 387k]
This flyer asks you to find the tripping and fall hazards in a picture.

Fact Sheet  [pdf 26k]
Facts and figures highlighting the physical and financial cost of falls.

NJ Fall Statistics

Osteoporosis, Fall and Broken Bones 
[pdf 182k]
This flyer details the link between osteoporosis and falls, and gives tips for improving bone health.

What Should I Do If I Fall? [pdf 51]
Just in case, the New Jersey Geriatric Education Center has suggestions.

My Falls-Free Plan [pdf 38k]
This checklist was designed for professionals but can also be helpful for those at risk of falls.

Health Promotion Programs 
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, Project Healthy Bones and other evidence-based programs may be available in your community.

Important Falls Prevention Links:
New Jersey EMS Fall 2013 Newsletter Dedicated to Falls Prevention
Medications and Falls
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Falls Publications & Resources
National Council on Aging Fall Prevention Awareness Campaign

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