eptember 22, 2016, marks the 9th annual observation of Falls Prevention Awareness Day in the United States. Falls are the leading cause of injury, death, and disability for older persons in the United States.* This issue of MMWR includes a report describing the epidemiology of falls among older adults, and how health care providers can use CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) initiative† to reduce preventable falls. STEADI provides tools for health care providers to screen older adult patients, assess fall risk, and provide effective interventions.
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