Iowa Public Health Association

Falls Prevention

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older, with those over age 85 being seven times more likely than those ages 65-84 to die from a fall. With Iowa’s aging population, the number of unintentional falls continues to increase each year, resulting in more than 430 reported fall-related deaths in 2012 and adding up to more than $135 million each year in hospital costs.  Click here for an infographic on the impact of fall injuries in Iowa.



A series of brief videos by the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition that describe how falls impact older adults and adults with disabilities, common fall risks and tips to reduce those risks and prevent falls from occurring. The videos were developed with funding from the ACL's Administration on Aging.


   Reducing the Impact of Falls in Iowa: Webinar Series   

 Part I (recorded on 4.22.15) presents current Iowa data on falls and present opportunities for local public health agencies and partners to prevent falls at a community level through evidence-based fall prevention programs.

Click here to view the recorded webinar. 
Click here to access the presenter slides.

Part II (recorded on 5.27.15) explains implementation of the STEADI toolkit across the continuum and Medicare coverage for fall prevention services.  It also presents how to establish partnerships for fall risk screening and referral in your community. 

Click here to view the recorded webinar. 
Click here to access the presenter slides.
Part III (recorded on 2.29.16) provides an overview of the impact of falls in Iowa and highlights the role of EMS providers in providing falls prevention intervention and education. This session also presents fall prevention tools and resources available to EMS providers.
Click here to view the recorded webinar.  
Click here to access the presenter slides.

Part IV (recorded on 8.17.16) provides an overview of the prevalence of falls in the home setting and highlights opportunities for identifying and mitigating risks in the home.  Motivational interviewing strategies for engaging older adults and caregivers to implement change to reduce falls in the home is provided.

Click here to view the recorded webinar. 
Click here to access the presenter slides.
Click here to learn more about the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition.

The Iowa Department on Aging partnered with the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition, the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Public Health Association, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and other key stakeholders to develop the Falls Prevention project proposal recently funded by the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent falls by at-risk Iowans, including older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Click here to view a series of brief videos by the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition that describe how falls impact older adults and adults with disabilities, common fall risks and tips to reduce those risks and prevent falls from occurring. The videos were developed with funding from the ACL's Administration on Aging.




Click here to access this infographic.        



A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falling


Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.


A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. 


Point of contact: 


Mark A. Hanson
Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging

515.210.7008

mhanson@i4a.org



Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Fall


This evidence-based fall prevention program empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls.  It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. 


Point of contact: 


Mark A. Hanson, Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
515.210.7008
mhanson@i4a.org



Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention (TCA)


Research indicates that participation in weekly, community-based tai chi classes can reduce falls in community-dwelling older adults and suggests TCA is an effective and sustainable public health intervention for falls prevention.  The Iowa Department on Aging, along with the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, are working together to increase the number of evidence-based falls prevention tai chi classes offered across Iowa.


Point of contact:


Trina Radske-Suchan

YMCA Clive

515.645.3342

trina.radskesuchan@dmymca.org 


Click here for more information.



To find a falls prevention workshop near you, 

visit the Iowa Department on Aging's Fall Prevention resource site.



Resources
  • Falls Prevention for Iowa:  hosted by the Iowa Department of Public Health, includes resources, materials and webinars related to the impact of falls and fall prevention
  • STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries)CDC’s STEADI uses established clinical guidelines and scientifically-tested interventions to help health care providers address their older patients' fall risk, identify modifiable risk factors and provide effective interventions.  Now CDC offers an interactive online training module that health care professionals can use to learn how to incorporate fall prevention into their daily clinical practice.  Continuing education is available for doctors, nurses, certified health educators, certified public health professionals and others.

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