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Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force

2013 Fall Prevention Awareness Week is Sept 22-27

The Fall Prevention Task Force is looking for organizations that are promoting fall prevention. We are compiling a comprehensive list of activities going on during Fall Prevention Awareness Week. If your organization is interested in participating, please fill out this short survey: http://ow/ly/mnmVS by July 26, 2013.

Grant opportunities for Older Adult Fall Prevention

Two grant opportunities have been announced for fall prevention in older adults. The first is a mini-grant from the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership. These grants are for up to 1,000 dollars to help prevent falls in older adults. 2013 OIPP Mini-Grant RFP The second larger grant was announced from the Fire/EMS to evaluate multi-factorial falls among older adults prevention strategies in health care settings. 2013 EMS Grant

A Matter of Balance Training February 22 huge success

Twin Lakes Life Enriching Community hosted A Matter of Balance layleader training course on February 22. 12 people attended this training from 7 different organizations around Cincinnati. If your organization would like to host a free training, please contact Michael Tomes or 513-946-7813.

PWC Opens Whole Home Showroom

People Working Cooperatively is a non-profit organization that helps make critical home repairs to the underserved and older adult population to help them stay in their home. Just recently, PWC has expanded their help for the older adult population and opened Whole Home, a showroom that displays ways for older adults to modify their home to be able to age in place. They offer free in home assessments for anyone in need. Please visit their showroom located at 6543 Harrison Avenue or display room at Northgate Mall, across from the food court.

2011 Fall Related Injury Issue Brief

Hamilton County Public Health has released the 2011 Injury Brief titled Falls Throughout the Years. It highlights the increasing number of falls that are occuring in Hamilton County. All data collected from the brief was gathered from local hospitals and the county coroner's office. Please use this report as a resource to help build your case on why Fall Prevention should be a top priority on your agency's list.

6 Resources for Family Caregivers

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has published an article for family caregivers to use as a resource when caring for an older adult. The article has helpful links and advice for caregivers. NCOA Article

Aging in Place

To view AARP Housing Policy Solutions to Support Aging in Place click here.

Denials for Reimbursement

The American Occupational Therapy Association did a study of the barriers to reimbursement: Analysis of Medicare Policy in Relation to Preventing Falls Among Older Adults . Harry Feliciano, MD, MPH Contractor Medical Director, Palmetto GBA is an advocate of fair reimbursement.

Rural Community Fall Prevention

The NCOA reached out to a researcher who has been developing a fall prevention toolkit for rural populations and learned that the rural community fall prevention toolkit is finished! It is still being tested for efficacy and they've just about finished the primary paper describing the development work. Copies are available through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Regional Institute on Aging websites. To view the toolkit click here.

You might also find interesting a video on falls in farmers as part of rural fall prevention from Dr. Deborah Reed, College of Nursing, University of KY. To view the video click here.

CDC's Injury Center Announces New WISQARS Module: Cost of Injury Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Injury Center is pleased to announce the release of the new WISQARSTM (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) Cost of Injury Reports. The module provides cost estimates for injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits where the patient was treated and released. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States. Access full article here.


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Fall Prevention Task Force Members as Guest Columnists in Community Newspapers


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Does your Home Fit your Needs

Letter to the Editor

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You Are Not Alone with the Fear of Falling

What to do After a Fall

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month in Hamilton County

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