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.
An environmental scan of groups of individuals and agencies was conducted in March 2011 to determine interest in a falls prevention coalition.
September 23rd is recognized as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Check back for more information about local events and tools to use for planning your event as this date approaches.
Fall prevention interventions can make a difference in the health and quality of life for older adults.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging are collaborating to provide this website as a starting point for health care professionals and members of the public who are seeking information about preventing falls in Iowa.