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!