HealthRidge Balance Clinic Can Help Reduce Falls-May 17 Screening Date

For more information or to register contact HealthRidge at 521.1216.

The Balance Clinic at HealthRidge emphasizes practical strategies to improve balance, reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.   Along with simple strength and balance exercises, the Balance Clinic offers information on the role vision plays in keeping you in balance, how medications can contribute to falls, what to look for in safe footwear and how to check your home for safety hazards.

Participants interested in the Balance Clinic need to attend a free Balance Screening to assess balance and fall risk. Registration is required and can be made by calling HealthRidge at 521.1216. Participants must be 25 years or older and not wheelchair bound.

Screenings are scheduled from 8 am-2 pm on May 17  for the June 12-August 1 Clinic. For more information or to register for a Screening contact HealthRidge at 521.1216.

While the screenings are free, cost of the eight-week class is $75 and no insurance is filed. Classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 1:10-1:50 pm and from 2:10 to 2:50 pm at HealthRidge.

Participants Find Clinics Beneficial

“During each Clinic, participants’ confidence level increased as they gradually experienced improved coordination and strength,” explained Laurie Stonerock Abrams, Director of Wellness at HealthRidge located at Forest Ridge Medical Pavilion in New Castle.

“One participant laughingly shared that by the end of the eight-week clinic, she could get down on her hands and knees to retrieve her cat from under the bed  and stand up, while holding her cat without faltering–something she hadn’t been able to do in years, ” Abrams continued.

Former participant, Patty Jones also found the Clinic beneficial.  “It’s been nine months since I took the Balance Clinic, and it definitely improved my balance.  When I walk, I feel like I have more control; I’m not afraid I’m going to fall.  I still practice the balance skills nearly every day at home, she explained”.