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NFPA's Remembering When: An Older Adults Fire and Fall Prevention Program

Do you remember the name of Charles Lindbergh's plane or who sang "Minnie the Moocher"? Do you know what athlete was nicknamed "the Ebony Express" or the name of the town where the mighty Casey struck out? Chances are that the older adults in your community do, and a new NFPA program will soon be turning those memories into life-saving lessons.

Remembering When, developed by the NFPA Center for High-Risk Outreach and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contains everything you will need to conduct a comprehensive fire and fall protection program for older adults in your community.

Remembering When uses the following key approaches to deliver 16 fire and fall prevention messages to older adults:

Group Presentations: This section gives tips on reaching older adults through senior centers, senior high rises, and other places people gather in groups. Three optional lesson plans feature fun, interactive activities to support the presentations.
Home Visits: This section focuses on reaching older people in their own homes through service providers who already visit the home. It includes several suggested presentation formats, support checklists, and handouts.
Installation and Intervention: This section outlines how to organize a smoke alarm installation and fall intervention program (including the distribution of smoke alarms, night lights, non-skid bath mats, etc.) This section contains a lot of support materials: a smoke alarm fact sheet, training information for installers, a waiver form, a handy survey to help you collect data, and a sample news release.

The program is full of reproducible handouts, printouts, graphs, and a fun Remembering When trivia game which includes questions and answers on famous songs, people, and places from the past coupled with questions and answers on fire and fall prevention.

To learn more about this program or to order, see the National Fire Protection Association Website at http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=203&URL=Learning/Public%20Education/Programs/Remembering%20When™.