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Falls Prevention for Iowa

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.

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

 Upcoming Training Opportunities

Matter of Balance Coaches Training

flyer describing Matter of Balance coaches' training event

Matter of Balance coaches' training flyer 11/2/2017  PDF


Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor Recertification

This workshop is for TCA recertification.  Participants may chose to register for either November 5 or November 6.  Both workshops will be held in Clive, IA and taught by Master Trainer Cathi Knauf, MT.

More information about how to register, cost, and location is found in the brochure below.  Registration is due by Nov. 1.  For more information, call Training Resources at 515-309-3315

TCA recertification class 


Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is a group made up of representatives from governmental agencies and private organizations. They meeting the second Thursday morning every other month (odd months) at 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 1-800-685-1580 code 5152817359.

2017 Meeting Schedule

  • March 9
  • May 11
  • July 13 
  • Sept 14
  • Nov 9

 

 

 

For More Information, Call (515) 281-6047