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Features Health & Wellness MedWest health screening focuses on balance, mobility

MedWest Health System is hosting a free community health screening for aging adults with balance and mobility issues.

“Prime Time” takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the gym at MedWest Health & Fitness Center, 262 Leroy George Dr., in Clyde. The event will feature a series of simple assessments to determine a person’s risk for falls or other accidents, and tips for improving strength and balance and preventing accident-related injuries.

“If someone is having trouble hiking or keeping up with their friends, if they feel out of balance or dizzy when they get up from a chair, if they don’t feel like going outside because they’re afraid of falling -- this event is for them,” said Dr. Chuck Nettles, director of rehabilitation services for MedWest.

“We are seeing more and more aging adults, and they want to continue being active and healthy as long as they can. On a regular basis, we see people in their 80s and 90s even who still want to play golf and tennis.”

During the screening, patients can visit up to four stations where physical therapists will conduct low-impact tests for dizziness, balance, strength and walking speed. Depending on assessment results, physical therapists could suggest fitness routines, physical therapy or other interventional approaches to improving balance and mobility and diminishing dizziness.

“Prime Time” was developed by members of the MedWest rehabilitation services team following a physical therapy certification program in geriatric exercise conducted last year by the American Physical Therapy Association. Helping lead the effort is Dr. Kate Queen, a rheumatologist at Mountain Medical Associates and director of the Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood.

“Too often, we have a very low expectation for what an older adult can do and therefore we never challenge them to move forward,” said Dr. Queen. “This screening event is a special opportunity to develop a new awareness about how much an older adult can do and to build on that foundation.”

“Prime Time” is free and open to the public. Call (828) 452-8070 to make a screening appointment.

MedWest Health System provides healthcare for the people of western North Carolina at MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Swain hospitals, the outpatient facility MedWest-Franklin, and through the 100-member MedWest Physician Network. MedWest is affiliated with Carolinas Health- Care System.


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