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August 2021

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Caregiver Wellness Series


Iowa Caregiver Wellness Series 


This series features local experts whose insight and resources help one to thrive as a caregiver. Check out each episode's topics and learn more about the speakers and sponsors here.

Falls Prevention

Falls Prevention Week is Coming Up!


Save the date for the 7th Annual Falls Prevention Coalition Symposium!  This multidisciplinary conference will take place September 20 through 24, during Fall Prevention Awareness week. Iowans interested in falls prevention, such as family caregivers, health care practitioners, persons who work with older adults, students, and community members of all ages, should attend this free event!


Falls Prevention

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Fall Prevention Program Reached 85K Older Adults


New research article "Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs: Reach and Effectiveness" published in The Journal of Gerontology finds that Participation in the evidence-based fall prevention programs resulted in improved confidence, decreased fear of falling, and fewer falls and injurious falls. Read more information here.

Senior Employment

Changes in Unemployment


Sharp rises in the job numbers signal economic recovery for people with and without disabilities, according to National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Key indicators are closing in on pre-pandemic levels as people with disabilities strengthen their position in the labor market.


See the infographics below for more information.



Elder Abuse Prevention
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In September, Paul Greenwood, former deputy district attorney for San Diego County where he led the Elder Abuse Protection Unit, will be live (virtually) to talk on the topic of elder abuse, with a focus on financial exploitation, which he says was an element in 65% of his prosecutions. Scheduled for September 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon. More details to come but mark your calendars! Target audience for this session is professionals - advocates, social workers, law enforcement, county attorneys, judges, service providers, health care providers, attorneys, faith and spiritual leaders, financial institutions. (Note: there will be a second session in 2022 for the public)