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Minnesota Falls Prevention Initiative

Falls and fall-related injuries among adults over age 65 are an emerging and largely unrecognized public health problem. The increasing incidence of falls among adults and the mortality related to those falls is anticipated to grow as the population ages. Minnesota had the nation’s fourth highest fatal fall rate in 2005, nearly twice the national rate. Minnesota’s fall death rate continues to increase.

In 2007, the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services partnered with numerous public and private organizations to undertake a statewide, coordinated initiative to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

Our vision is that older Minnesotans will have fewer falls and fall-related injuries, maximizing their independence and quality of life. Read the call to action at: http://www.mnfallsprevention.org/pdf/FallsPrevention_CALL_TO_ACTION_083007.pdf

Currently the partners do not meet on an active basis but continue to coordinate efforts as opportunities and issues arise. The Minnesota Board on Aging, in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging, continue to facilitate this partnership activity and overall awareness/education activities at the state, regional and local levels.

This project was supported by a grant, number 90AM3029, from the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201, and the Minnesota Board on Aging, St. Paul, MN 55164. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration on Aging or Minnesota Board on Aging policy.