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Falls Prevention

Falls are Preventable---NOT Inevitable.

 

In Iowa, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations (IDPH, 2019). Overall, each year 569 Iowans die from fall related injuries (IDPH, 2019). Over $262 million is spent for fall related hospitalizations each year in Iowa (IDPH, 2019).

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Check your risk for falling by clicking HERE!

A "Walk With Ease (WWE) Program" is one of those national programs being lifted up at this time to help provide some way for people to stay active and learn self-management skills.  The WWE is listed on the highest tier evidence-based disease prevention program list for the following:

  • Reduce pain and discomfort of arthritis  

  • Increase balance and strength

  • Build confidence in the ability to be physically active 

  • Improve overall health among older adults 

  • Target Audience: Community-dwelling older adults with arthritis and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension”

For more information, CLICK HERE!

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