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Fire departments can help prevent falls by offering home safety checks to spot falls hazards, such as rugs without non-slip backing or too many electrical devices plugged into one outlet.
National Council on Aging

In This Issue

  • DEI Efforts of the 140+ Member Organizations of the OAAA
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2022

Fall is in the air. Observed on the first day of fall, Falls Prevention Awareness Week is a national campaign to increase awareness around falls health and injury prevention.

Falling is NOT a normal part of aging, and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance is committed to empowering all older adults to age well, which includes avoiding falls. This September 18-24, 2022, we are partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to observe Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

Falls remain a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older. As a result, falls threaten older adults’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among older adults can be substantially reduced.

Your neighborhoodFalls prevention is a team effort and everyone has a role to play to reduce falls risk, including members of your local neighborhood. Your falls prevention team may include family and friends, your primary care physician (PCP), occupational therapist (OT), pharmacist, and more. Each of them brings a unique mix of expertise and familiarity that can provide important protections against falling.

Finally, remember to use the hashtag #FallsPreventionAwarenessWeek when sharing these great resources on social media!

Sometimes we fall, sometimes we stumble, but we can’t stay down. We can’t allow life to beat us down. Everything happens for a reason, and it builds character in us, and it tells us what we are about and how strong we really are when we didn’t think we could be that strong.
Gail Devers

DEI Efforts of the 140+ Member Organizations of the OAAA

In each newsletter, we will feature an OAAA member organization’s efforts in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

American College on Exercise logoIn the fitness industry, organizations across the country are working hard to build a better profession and, in our own way, a better world. To help achieve this aim, Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, President and Chief Science Officer of the American Council on Exercise, shares tips for making your gym more inclusive.

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

 

Webinars

9/21 Lunch & Learn

UNC Fellowship Programs Now Have Instagram Presence

Exciting news! The UNC Rheumatology Fellows and the Allergy/Immunology Fellows recently launched their own Instagram pages. Check frequently to learn about these UNC Fellowship programs!
UNC Fellowship Programs Now Have Instagram Presence

Resources for OA Researchers

Click the button below to access our regularly updated list of Events and Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Webinars, and Announcements related to Osteoarthritis research. Remember to bookmark this website!

Events, Funding, and More

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