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September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

Learn what conditions contribute to older adults falling and ways to prevent falls from the NH Falls Risk Reduction Taskforce.

Resources are also available from the National Council on Aging.

InjuryThe Injury Prevention Program's (IPP) mission is to reduce death and disabilities that result from intentional and unintentional injuries. Intentional injuries are those that are self-inflicted or committed by another person, like suicide or sexual assault. Unintentional injuries are those that are considered "accidental" such as poisonings, falls, or motor vehicle crashes. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in New Hampshire for those aged 1-44 years and have been for many years. Injuries often do not occur by chance and are thus preventable.

Much of the IPP's work is carried out by working together with the Injury Prevention Center at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, the New Hampshire Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Injury Surveillance Manager within the Health Statistics and Data Management Section and many community partners. The IPP:

  • Provides training and technical assistance to professionals and the public.
  • Promotes and implements prevention programs that work.
  • Evaluates the impact of these activities.

The IPP also houses the Northern New England Poison Center's New Hampshire Poison Educator.

Watch this public service announcement (PSA) featuring Tomie de Paola, who is author and illustrator of over 250 children's books, and at 80+ years old is still working and very active. He has an important message for everyone about preventing accidental falls in our older adult population.

Fall Prevention PSA with Tomie dePaola
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For more information about Falls Prevention, see your health care provider or visit the NH Falls Risk Reduction Task Force website.

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