The federal government spends only about $2 million per year to prevent falls among older adults. Yet, with one in three seniors falling each year, the annual medical costs for treating them are now over $28 billion.
The good news? With your support, the Senate last year agreed to include an additional $10 million for Elder Falls Prevention funding for FY12.
The bad news? The additional funding was dropped in the final agreement, and funding for FY12 remained at $2 million.
We believe our best chance to increase Elder Falls Prevention funding for FY13 is to influence Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the subcommittee that oversees program appropriations.
Funding talks are going on now, and we need your help. Here’s what you can do:
Use our online alert to email your Democratic Senators and ask them to contact Sen. Harkin about this issue. We’re asking Senators as well, but they’re much more likely to act if they hear from you—their constituents. If you have a personal relationship with your Senators’ offices, please call them to make the request instead.
This won’t be the first battle in our fight to protect funding for Elder Falls Prevention and other healthy aging programs. Join our Public Policy and Advocacy team to learn how you can influence your members of Congress as they make critical funding decisions.
Your voice matters! Thanks, as always, for your support.
Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy