For Immediate Release: October 27, 2015
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912
Westborough _ On September 23rd, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT), a top physical therapy provider in Central Massachusetts, participated in the YMCA’s Community Health Fair which benefited citizens in honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The free event, which took place at the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA, on 4 Valente Drive in Westborough, drew members of the YMCA and community residents eager to learn about fall prevention strategies.
Throughout the morning, a variety of experts and local businesses gathered to offer information regarding this rising health concern. SCPT’s Nancy Siegal, Director of the company’s Worcester practice, and Donna Haglund Layman, Physical Therapist Assistant, were invited to speak at the health fair.
Siegal and Layman donated time and expertise on behalf of SCPT to the YMCA’s Matter of Balance Program, designed for those who have experienced a fall or who are at risk of falling. After presenting the steps that individuals could take to reduce the risk of falls, a demonstration was provided on how to get up from the floor safely. A balance screening was also offered to participants of the health fair, to determine their risk of falls.
“South County Physical Therapy, Inc. is a valued YMCA partner. They work closely with us as we try to assist various populations with their specific needs. Donna, Nancy and the entire SCPT team are always well-received when they are at our Y – whether they are doing individual hands-on assessments or giving a group presentation,” said YMCA Director of Marketing & Advancement Elizabeth A. Moquin. “They have been particularly helpful when we are working with the seniors in our Matter of Balance program and the adult cancer survivors in our LiveStrong® at the Y program. Our members and program participants have nothing but positive things to say when they join us. As you can imagine, many of our Y members are also South County patients, and they all speak highly about the treatment they receive when they are under the care of a South County therapist,” she added.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury for individuals 65 years of age and older, as reported by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Every year, on the first day of Autumn, NCOA looks to leaders within the community to uphold its message of prevention through step-by-step actions to reduce falls, which are costly and often debilitating.
“Fall-related injuries can be prevented by strengthening specific muscle groups to improve balance. We were honored to be part of the Community Health Fair at the YMCA, which provided invaluable information to community residents,” said Siegal.
Several of SCPT’s team members are also trained in the acclaimed MEEKS Method, which helps to improve posture and balance while decreasing the risk of falls. Seeking out assistance from family, friends, and medical professionals who can help implement important safeguards and support overall health can help individuals to maintain independence and eliminate the risk of falls.
“SCPT is passionate about offering educational services to highlight important issues which impact our neighborhoods,” said SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin. “Knowledge and prevention are key components in reducing injuries and leading a healthy lifestyle,” he added.
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.