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.
The following report includes local falls related death and hospitalization data. Additional reports are available on the resources page.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
January 27-28, 2018 TCA Instructor Training
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention (TCA) Instructor Training Workshop and Recertification.
This workshop is designed for tai chi teachers or advanced students;occupationla or physical therapists; health professionals (RN, MD, ATC, DC, etc)' certifed exercise instructors or fitness trainers; and other indiviuals with simlar health and fitness backgrounds.
Dates & Times TCA: January 27-28 9am-5pm (check in at 8:30am) Recertification: January 28 9-5pm (check in at 8:30am)
Location River's EDGE Sprot & Fitness, 206 2nd Ave SW, Independence, IA
For more information, including cost and registration, download the following brochure: TCA brochure
Registration deadline is January 12.
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