IFC reminds Iowans that preventing falls helps maintain independence
DES MOINES — The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is reminding Iowans of the dangers of falling and that effective programs are available that may help older citizens lessen their chances of falling and thereby help them stay independent.
“As we celebrate our country’s independence, we should be mindful that maintaining one’s own independence is paramount to aging well and maintaining a quality of life that allows us to live and thrive in our communities,” said Barb McClintock, chair of the Iowa Falls Coalition.
Falls are the leading cause of injury death for Iowans age 65 and older, and the leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency visits in Iowa. In Iowa, the total charges for fall-related hospitalizations is approximately $92 million a year and the approximate costs of emergency room visits due to falls is $35 million a year.
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