Dean Clinic to Offer Free Balance Assessments during National Physical Therapy Month
Falls are often the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits in Dane County
Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65 reports falling. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, and in some cases, even death. The good news is that many falls are preventable, which is why Dean Clinic Therapy Services is offering free balance assessments on Wednesday, October 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The free assessments will be held at Dean Clinic – East, Dean Clinic – West, Dean Clinic – Corporate Offices, Dean Clinic – Sun Prairie and Dean Clinic – Janesville East.
“About 33-percent of falls are caused by balance and dizziness issues. Another 31-percent are thought to be caused by accident or environment issues,” according to Anne Marie Nahn-Bell, Dean Clinic Physical Therapist. “About 60-percent of falls can be prevented or the risk can be lowered with balance screens, classes and environmental changes.”
Seniors are often hesitant to talk about falls or "near misses" for fear of losing independence, so open conversation and asking the right questions can make a huge difference in preventing that first fall.
“We'd like to start that conversation with seniors in a casual environment that will be provided during the free balance assessment,” says Nahn-Bell. “It’s an opportunity to make an impact on a major health issue facing our senior patients.”
Anyone wishing to receive a free balance test is asked to call ahead to reserve a 20-minute appointment. For Madison and Sun Prairie clinic locations, call (608) 260-6111. For appointments at our Janesville clinic location, call (608) 371-8799. The deadline to register for this year’s free assessments is October 19.