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Fall Prevention for Iowa

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month


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.

Falls Prevention Education Opportunities

September 23rd is recognized as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Join us at the State Capitol or in your own community and help us set a record for Iowa's Largest Tai Chi Class!!

Governor Terry Branstad will kick off the State Capitol event at 11:30 a.m. by proclaiming Sept. 23 as Iowa Falls Prevention Awareness Day. After that, participants will enjoy a tai chi class followed by falls prevention activities and demonstrations geared toward at-risk individuals, health care providers and the general public.

Can't make it to Des Moines? Visit to participate in Iowa's Largest Tai Chi Class in a community near you!

Questions? Contact Carlene Russell at (515) 725-3330 or

For more information about planning a falls prevention awareness day event in your community, click on the Toolkits & Media tab (in green, under the picture to the left).

Falls are not a natural consequence of aging

Fall prevention interventions can make a difference in the health and quality of life for older adults.

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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.