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Regional Wellness Leader celebrates Healthy Aging Education to Commemorate National Physical Therapy Month

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: October 22, 2015

Contact Information:
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912

WESTBOROUGH – This October, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) a regional wellness leader, is proud to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, in conjunction with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The focus of this year’s month-long commemoration is on healthy aging and the benefits of physical therapy to aid longevity.

According to AARP reports, one in three Americans is now aged 50 or older. As the baby boomer generation approaches its retirement years, one out of every five people in the United States will be 65+ by the year 2030.

“For many people, the thought of ‘aging’ can conjure images of declining activity levels, illness, and risk of injury, but aging doesn’t have to bring such negative change,” said SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin. “As the human body ages, its needs change. Through education, SCPT is committed to helping our patients approach aging from a healthy perspective by providing tools which help put aging in perspective and offer information on leveraging ways to live healthier lives.”

Bone strength deterioration is commonly associated with aging and often leads to falls and fractures. The International Osteoporosis Foundation reports that one in three women over age 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one in five men over age 50, worldwide. To combat the effects and progression of decreased bone health, several of SCPT’s expert physical therapists are trained in the MEEKS Method, which helps patients to improve posture and balance, improve strength and flexibility, decrease back and neck pain, and decrease risk of falls and fracture.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall every 15 seconds; an older adult dies following a fall every 29 minutes.

Members of the SCPT expert physical therapy team participated in National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23rd at the YMCA Boroughs Branch, in Westborough. Nancy Siegal, Director of SCPT’s Worcester practice, shared information with attendees about how to reduce the risk of falls and demonstrated how to properly get up from the floor.

“Fall-related injuries can be prevented by strengthening specific muscle groups to improve balance,” Siegal said. “We were honored to be part of the Community Health Fair at the YMCA, which provided invaluable information to community residents.”

During this National Physical Therapy Month, SCPT encourages its patients to learn more about healthy aging and how physical therapy can help. For additional information regarding SCPT’s injury and falls prevention techniques, call 508-832-2628 or visit www.southcountypt.com.

For 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.

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