Several resources are available to the Cobb County community which raise awareness about preventing serious injuries from falls, developed by healthcare agencies and other informational sources. This page includes local, state and national organizations involved in addressing this costly issue.
The Cobb County Public Library System assists people who seek to engage with information and organizations promoting health and quality of life. The Library System also promotes the services offered by its fellow departments within the Cobb County Public Services Agency. Health and Community Wellbeing is a priority for all Cobb County departments.
Falls Prevention and related health and wellness resources are available from the PSA’s Cobb Senior Services, Cobb P.A.R.KS., Cobb County Extension Services, and the Library System. For more information, visit www.cobbcounty.org.
Cobb County Public Safety
Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services offers resources related to falls prevention, including community classes led by firefighters and home safety inspections through the Cobb County Safety Village. Information: (770) 852-3270.
Websites – National
The National Council on Aging is a leading falls prevention resource. The organization is a lead sponsor of the national Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2016, set for September 22. Information: www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/.
The mission of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence is to identify best practices in fall prevention, helping communities offer fall prevention programs to older people who are at risk of falling. Information: www.stopfalls.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention injury prevention resources include Falls Among Older Adults at www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/adultfalls.html and Older Adult Falls Programs at www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/pubs.html
Websites – State, Regional and Local
Safe Kids Cobb County promotes public awareness of safety for children ages 14 and under. The coalition is led by WellStar Health System and Cobb & Douglas Public Health. Information: www.safekidscobbcounty.org.
The Division of Aging Services, Georgia Department of Human Services, is engaged in ensuring services are delivered effectively and efficiently to seniors and people with disabilities. Information: http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. The Center offers a number of Fall Prevention tips to help you avoid a fall at www.myshepherdconnection.org/abi/safety-issues/fall-prevention.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is an award-winning program with practical strategies to manage falls. Information: www.mainehealth.org/mob
Tai Chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise. Research findings have demonstrated the efficacy of Tai Chi exercise in improving balance and decreasing falls among older adults. Information on Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, a program developed in Oregon, is at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/SafeLiving/FallPrevention.