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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.

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.   

More information coming soon....

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