September—A Month that Features Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Awareness

Healthy Aging

Medicare and Low Vision Teleconference

On Wednesday afternoon, October 4, at 3:00 pm Eastern, join in a lively discussion with a panel of experts and advocates from the ophthalmic, optometric, low vision, assistive technology, blindness field practitioner, public and private service provider agency, consumer and related communities. Listen to the panel, ask questions, and learn how you can contribute effectively in the shared goal of getting appropriate and affordable low vision equipment and training into the hands of every person with vision loss who may need it. Join this free 90-minute national teleseminar by phone:
Dial:1 (866) 939-3921
Enter code: 45490371

Learn About Older Adult Eye Health and Low Vision from the National Eye Institute

Read the VisionAware blog for information on adult eye health and low vision.

Fall Prevention Awareness

The 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 22, 2017—the first day of fall. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has selected "10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls" as the theme of the event. According to NCOA, "1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially."

NCOA serves as the Resource Center for Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs for the Administration on Community Living and is charged with increasing public education about risks of falls and how to prevent them. The Center also supports the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based community programs and strategies proven to reduce the incidence of falls among seniors.

The California Healthier Living Coalition offers programming on fall prevention including to older adults with vision loss and adults with disabilities.

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VISIONS, a non-profit vision rehabilitation agency in New York City, has been very involved in the New York City Falls Prevention Coalition and ensuring that people with vision loss are included in these initiatives. VISIONS offers free evidence-based programs for blind seniors focused on fall prevention, improving balance, and increasing physical activity including a walking club. To obtain information on a falls prevention checklist that VISIONS helped develop please contact Elizabeth Lee at elee@visionsvcb.org. The checklist is available in large print and online.

Every state offers fall prevention programs and coalitions. To find a program in your area, check the NCOA falls prevention coalition listing link on our fall prevention page, which also contains our videos on fall prevention.

More About Fall Prevention on VisionAware

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