Falls are a significant concern for Iowans, especially for the state’s aging population. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for those over the age of 65, with the highest rate in those over the age of 84.
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. One out of every 27 Iowa residents aged 65 or older is hospitalized for a fall-related injury at an average cost of $26,388.
Falls prevention will be the focus of the third annual Stand Together to Prevent Falls symposium, presented by IDPH, the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition. The symposium will include sessions on falls prevention in care transitions, improving care coordination with pharmacists, success stories in institutional practices, and starting evidence-based falls prevention programs.
Registration for the Stand Together to Prevent Falls symposium July 13, 2017, at the DMACC campus in Ankeny is available at https://www.trainingresources.org/events. For more information on falls prevention, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/falls-prevention.