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Get Screened! by Dr. Tim Kelly PT, DPT Current review of the scientific literature by Dr. Tiffany Shubert, PT, PhD confirms that falls are the leading cause of emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and unintentional death for older adults. In fact, for individuals aged 65 and older falls outpace motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional death by several thousand. In 2011, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) published guidelines that recommended all adults aged 65 years and older should be screened for falls, balance, and mobility impairments by a healthcare provider. Physical therapists screen for falls by (1) asking the person if they have experienced a fall over the past year (yes or no); (2) asking if they are experiencing difficulty with walking or with their balance (yes or no); (3) observing whether performance of walking or balance is compromised (yes or no) using a standardized balance assessment. If one or more of these screens are “positive” the individual should be referred to physical therapy for a comprehensive fall-risk assessment. Once the evaluation is completed and risk factors are identified, the physical therapist can prescribe the appropriate interventions for the patient. At Physical Therapy Specialists we offer multi-component exercise programs that are designed to address the specific needs of our patients. Our PT’s prescribe exercise programs for all ages, but take special pride in prescribing an effective blend of aerobic and anaerobic (strength) exercises, balance activities and gait training for our senior patients and clients. P

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OUR STAFF IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK! We accept Medicare, Blue Cross products and most other insurances. Ask your doctor for a referral to Maylath Valley Health Systems, Inc. or call 570-708-2929.

Maylath Valley Health Systems, Inc. is a family owned home health agency. (NAPSA)—Million Hearts™, a national initiative created by the Department of Health and Human Services, is helping Americans understand and control their risks for heart disease and stroke. Take a pledge to protect your heart at million hearts.hhs.gov. NAPSA)—Interim HealthCare—one of the leaders in the home care industry, providing services to over 50,000 individuals nationwide—offers a free independent living assessment for seniors. To learn more or to take the free assessment, visit the website at www. independentlivingassess ment.com.

We are located in the Conyngham Valley and serve patients in Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Schuylkill and Union counties.

Maylath Valley Health Systems, Inc. also offers training in the following...

American Heart Association (Certification valid for 2 years): First Aid • CPR • OSHA: Bloodborne Pathogens • AEB TRAINING AVAILABLE AT OUR FACILITY OR ON-SITE!

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