Healthy Aging


Injury and Violence Free Living

Injury and Violence Free Living

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Injury and Violence Free Living. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to injury, fraud, and abuse. One in three adults aged 65 and older falls every year - of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it difficult for them to get around or live independently.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting injury and violence free living.

Help Seniors Live Better, Longer: Prevent Brain Injury
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This webpage features a wealth of resources  dedicated to a CDC initiative to help raise awareness among children and other caregivers of older adults about ways to prevent, recognize, and respond to TBI in adults 75 and older. Some resources include educational materials, event planning and media guides, promotional materials, and more.

STEADI - Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries Tool Kit for Health Care Providers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC's Injury Center created STEADI specifically for health care providers who see older adults who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. This tool kit provides information and tools needed to assess and address their older patients' fall risk.

Preventing Falls: How to Develop Community-based Fall Prevention Programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This guide's intention is to define the key elements of what makes fall prevention programs effective and provide information to communities and community-based organizations on how to develop effective older adult fall prevention programs.

Building the Older Adult Fall Prevention Movement: Steps and Lessons Learned
Frontiers in Public Health
This research describes the steps taken to create the momentum around falls prevention and lessons learned that could be applied to supporting other older adult health-related issues. Lessons learned include: leveraging compelling data, choosing passionate leaders for the movement, aligning the cause with partner missions, and being inclusive of all stakeholders.

Consensus Recommendations for Surveillance of Fall and Fall-Related Injuries
Injury Surveillance Workgroup on Falls (ISW4)
This publication is part of a series of guidelines issued by a national, collaborative workgroup to improve standardization in the collection of injury data. The five recommendations presented in this report address two broad issues: fall injury surveillance and surveillance capacity.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three Older Adult Fall Prevention Interventions
The Journal of Safety Research
This new CDC study found three evidence-based fall programs proven to be feasible, effective, save costs, and provide a positive return on investment for society. The programs included Tai Chi, Stepping On, and the Otago Exercise Program.

National Council on Aging: State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
This toolkit is designed to assist states and their fall prevention coalitions increase awareness, education and training of providers and investments in effective community solutions. The framework offers users short, medium and long range strategic opportunities to affect policies that can promote systems change, reduce barriers and facilitate reaching the long term goals.

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