Falls Prevention for Iowa

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.

The following report includes local falls related death and hospitalization data.  Additional reports are available on the resources page.

SAVE THE DATE - 2018 Iowa Falls Prevention Symposium

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging, will host its annual falls prevention symposium on July 20, 2018 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, IA.   

Call for Presenters

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal to present at the symposium are encouraged to submit information online by March 22, 2018 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018FallsPresenter.  Presentations should be 60 minutes in length and possible topics might include (but are not limited to) the following.

  • Reducing fall risk among frail older adults 
  • Motivating older adults to adopt and maintain prevention interventions & habits
  • Best practices for preventing falls (what has worked and lessons learned).
  • Reaching minority populations and people with disabilities
  • Funding/sustaining a falls prevention program in your community
  • Empowering families and caregivers to assist those at high fall risk
  • Reducing fall risk through vision, hearing, foot care, medication management, or nutrition



Registration information coming soon....

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day - April 28, 2018

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is celebrated in over 80 nations around the world.  The day begins in Samoa with people coming together at 10:00 am their time to practice Tai Chi and Qigong.  Then, time zone by time zone, participants across Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America practice Tai Chi and Qigong at 10:00 am their local time.  It ends with the participants in the last time zones of Hawaii almost an entire day later.  This creates a healing wave of energy that circles the globe in that 24 hour period.

This year's Des Moines event is hosted by the South Suburban YMCA, and will bring together local teachers from the Greater Des Moines area to provide demonstrations and free workshops in Tai Chi and Qigong.  (See attached flyer  pdf )

The Central Iowa event will start on April 28 at 9:00 am with a spectacular Lion Dance by Allionce Dance Team, followed by demonstrations of different styles of Tai Chi.  At 10:00, all participants are invited to come together to do Tai Chi and/or Qigong along with all the other practitioners in our time zone.  We will then break into smaller groups with local instructors leading short workshops.  At 11:45 we all come back together for a short closing meditation.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

April 11, 2018, 9:15 am - 5:00 pm  A Matter of Balance Lay-Leader Coaches Training 

Learn how to offer A Matter of Balance, an evidence-based falls risk reduction program.  This 1-day course will provide you with the information you need to offer the program to seniors in your community.  You must have 2 leaders for the program so if you don't have 2 people ready to be trained, call Janet Buls at 319.231.1551 to find out if there are already some leaders in your area. Scholarships are available for volunteers interested in providing training for NEI3A.

Online registration form: http://bit.ly/2BVmP3f (register by March 30, 2018)

Cost for training, snacks and training manual: $25  

Location: Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown Iowa

For more information: contact Janet Buls at 319.231.1551 or jbuls@nei3a.org

MOB lay-leader training flyer PDF


Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is a group comprised of representatives from governmental agencies, private organizations, and interested individuals. They meet the second Thursday morning every odd month from 8:30am - 10:30am. Meetings are held at the Polk County Health Department (Room C14). A phone line is provided as a courtesy for those who aren't able to attend in person (866) 685-1580 Conference code 0009990482.

2018 Meeting Schedule

  • January 11
  • March 8
  • May 10
  • July 12
  • Sept 13
  • Nov 8




For More Information, Call (515) 281-6047