The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition join partners across the state in recognizing September 22 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
“Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries among Iowans 65 years of age and older and rates are rising,” said Binnie LeHew of the IDPH Office of Disability, Injury and Violence Prevention. “Between 2010 and 2014, the average cost of a hospital stay for a fall among Iowans 65 and older was $28,486.”
Falls are not a natural consequence of aging; injuries from falls are largely preventable and evidence-based programs can reduce falls through exercise programs to improve balance and strength, manage medications, reduce hazards in the home and improve vision. One activity that is proven to improve balance and core strength in older adults is tai chi.
Group tai chi classes will be held across Iowa September 22 as part of Falls Prevention Awareness Day. At the state capitol, a tai chi demonstration and class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend in person or join on social media during a livestream broadcast of the event on the IDPH Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth.
For more information about falls prevention and the tai chi event at the state capitol, visit https://www.idph.iowa.gov/falls-prevention.