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Fall Prevention for Iowa
 

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

Introduction

Falls are a significant concern for Iowans, especially with Iowa’s aging population. For all age groups, falls are the second leading cause of injury deaths in Iowa, and the leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency visits in Iowa.

For those over the age of 65, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths with the highest rate in those over the age of 84. The causes of falling vary with contributing factors including: reduced strength in lower extremities, use of four or more medications, poor vision, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions.

An environmental scan of groups of individuals and agencies was conducted in March 2011 to determine interest in a falls prevention coalition.

Falls Prevention Education Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE! Falls Prevention Symposium

July 10, 2015 Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo IA

"Take Steps to Address the Impact of Falls in Iowa" A 2-part webinar series

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older, with those over age 85 being seven times more likely than those ages 5-84 to die from a fall. With Iowa's aging population, the number of unintentional falls continues to increase each year, resulting in more than 430 reported fall-related deaths in 2012 and adding up to more than $135 million each year in hospital costs.

What can be done to address this growing public health concern?

Join the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition for a two-part webinar series "Taking Steps to Address the Impact of Falls in Iowa" on April 22nd and May 27th.

Part 1 (April 22) will present current Iowa data on falls and present opportunities for local public health agencies and partners to prevent falls at a community level through evidence-based fall prevention programs.

Click here to register for Part 1

Part 2 (May 27) will explain implementation of the STEADI toolkit across the continuum and Medicare coverage for fall prevention services. It will also present how to establish partnerships for fall risk screening and referral in your community.

Click here to register for Part 2

Who should attend?

Anyone working to reduce the impact of falls in Iowa:

  • Health care providers
  • Public health providers
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Community-based fall prevention program leaders

For more information about these sessions, contact Carlene Russell, Iowa Dept. on Aging 515-725-3330, carlene.russell@iowa.gov or download the webinar flyer (pdf below)

Falls are not a natural consequence of aging

Fall prevention interventions can make a difference in the health and quality of life for older adults.

This Website

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging are collaborating to provide this website as a starting point for health care professionals and members of the public who are seeking information about preventing falls in Iowa.