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.

Falls Prevention Awareness Week

Falls the number one cause of older adult deaths and disabilities.  To raise the awareness of this preventable injury, September 21-25, 2020 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Iowa and across the United States.

Learn what you can do to prevent falls by participating in the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition's series of webinars offered this month.  More information is listed below in the Upcoming Trainings & Educational Opportunities section or by downloading the Falls Prevention Webinar flyer PDF


Looking for Falls Prevention Awareness Week ideas for your community?  Visit the National Coation on Aging website to get ideas and download resources at https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-week/


Upcoming Training & Educational Opportunities

2020 Falls Prevention Awareness Month Webinars

Falls prevention webinar flyer  PDF

Preventing Falls By Deprescribing Opioids

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 at noon 

Dr. Korey A. Kennelty will review polypharmacy, de-escalating therapy, and deprescribing; discuss potential high-risk medications to deprescribe, and work through three case studies focusing on deprescribing tapering schedules and resources for deprescribing.

Join Webinar using this link: https://telligenqinqio.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlde-opjgpGdRSvp8v3jOAr4zwTrI9E6vL  

Hoarding and Safety

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Gary Rasmussen will share with attendees the causes and treatment of hoarding as well as resources available.  

Join Webinar from Noon – 1:00 PM (CST) using this link: https://telligenqinqio.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqcumgpjkjG9OR6gU-FtPOtthQvXC9FYxC

Solutions for a Safer Home

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Miranda Rouw will discuss how the physical environment can support or hinder safe participation with daily tasks as well as describe a variety of solutions to reduce the risk of falls in the home.

Join Webinar from Noon – 1:00 PM (CST) using this link: https://telligenqinqio.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclcuGopzMsHdKuf2cGpaDbN6oIWtWAwKCP


Instructor Training Workshop - Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

This workshop is designed for tai chi teachers or advanced students; occupational or physical therapists; health professionals; certified exercise instructors or fitness trainers; and other individuals wiht similiar health and fitness backgrounds.  

Dates: September 9 & 10, 2020

The two-day instructor training costs $250 If you register prior to August 1, 2020. After that and before Sept 1, 2020, your fee will be $275.

If you are attending for Re-certification, you will be charged $125.00, if registered prior to Aug. 1, 2020. If you register prior to Sept. 1, 2020 you will be charged $150.00.

CEU's available for one or both days. Cost is $40 for both, $20 for one day. Any registrations after September 1, 2020 will be at the discretion of the organizer.

To register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexpGLvhqIpwrGzrbK61_oZYjrBk_Ap_h7czSUy-k-gc2Ktfw/viewform

New CDC Report: Fall-related TBI deaths increase in the United States

A new study in CDC's Mobidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) "Deaths from fall-related traumatic brain injury - United States, 2088-2017" found that in most states the rate of fall-related TBI deaths has increased significantly and the country as a whole saw a 17% increase in fall-related TBI deaths.

Impact of Falls in Iowa

The following policy brief highlights the impact of falls in Iowa and strategies to reduce fall risk in our state.  The County Death and Hospitalizations data report provides county level data and associated cost of falls per hospitalization.

Since 2014, nearly 3,400 older adults and adults with disabilities have participated in Falls Prevention programs.  This translates to over $1.6 Million saved through falls prevention programs for older Iowans! To learn more about the impact evidence-based falls prevention programs have made in Iowa, please download the following fact sheet

15 Minute Sample Workout for Older Adults

Go 4 Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH has posted a sample 15 minute workout featuring a warm up, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, and a cool down.  Visit https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/sample_workout/15-minute-sample-workout-older-adults/

Equipment needed: A stable chair, a towel, light hand weights and a tennis ball. 

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 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, 100 E Grand Avenue, Ste 360, Des Moines. For more information, or to be added to the meeting notification list, please contact Marilyn Jones at 515-281-6047 or marilyn.jones@idph.iowa.gov

2020 Meeting Schedule

  • January 9
  • March 12
  • May 14
  • July 9
  • Sept 10
  • Nov 12

Interested  in being a member of the Coalition?

Individuals and organizations interested in being an active member of the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition are invited to submit to submit a letter of commitment (see pdf below) to Marilyn Jones by emailing marilyn.jones@idph.iowa.gov or mailing the form to Iowa Dept. of Public Health, attn: Marilyn Jones, 321 E 12th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Coalition Partner Commitment Letter PDF


For More Information, Call (515) 281-8465