At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed in fires as the population at large. Thirty to 35 percent of people 65 and older fall each year, and one in five falls causes a serious injury.
To help address this problem, NFPA created the Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. To encourage more fire departments to reach older adults with the Remembering When Program, NFPA will, for the sixth year, award scholarships to up 35 North American communities that will allow them to participate in the Remembering When training from December 2 to 4 at the Boston Long Wharf Hotel. The scholarships provide for training, travel expenses, and Remembering When materials to both a fire department public educator and a partner representative of an agency that serves older adults through home visits.
The deadline for submission of applications is August 10, 2012. Winners can use the original Remembering When program, the First Nations Remembering When program, or Los buenos recuerdos, the Spanish program, in their implementations. Download the application.