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Falls can be lethal for older adults. Each year one in four Americans aged 65 years and older falls, and every 19 minutes a senior dies from injuries sustained in a fall.

Pharmacists who wish to help older adults—defined as those aged 65 years and older—stay on their feet can find training through STEADI: The Pharmacists Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention, a free online CPE course launched by APhA and CDC last March. The course, which is worth one credit, was created through a partnership between APhA and CDC.

“Pharmacists can make a huge impact preventing falls, so APhA was excited to partner with CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention on the creation and accreditation of the STEADI training program. We worked together to identify experts in the field, outline the program, develop content, and bring the training to life,” said Lindsay Kunkle, PharmD, APhA director of practice and science affairs.

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