Glenaire Retirement Community Opens Balance Center on March 31
Glenaire, a continuing care retirement center in Cary NC, will open a Balance Center on March 31. A public open house is planned from 1:00-4:00pm.
- Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) March 14, 2011 - CARY, N.C. - Glenaire, a Cary-based continuing care retirement community affiliated with The Presbyterian Homes, Inc., will open its Balance Center on March 31, 2011. The Center will assess and treat residents' balance and mobility to provide individuals with a higher quality of life. In the future, plans call for the Center to be available to individuals in the Cary area. An open house for the Glenaire Balance Center is planned for Thursday, March 31, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; the public is invited to attend.
"The impetus for the new Balance Center is an expansion of Glenaire's comprehensive wellness program named 'enCompass' which incorporates eight dimensions of health: social, intellectual, physical, spiritual, safety, nutrition, environmental, and community outreach," said Wendy Heinzmann, Director of enCompass at Glenaire. "The new Balance program will complement our existing exercise and rehabilitation offerings so residents can increase their strength, mobility, and independence. The Balance Center will also be available to residents in assisted living and skilled nursing."
Two physical therapists, each with more than 10 year's experience, will staff the Center, which will feature the SMART Balance Master® with Long Force Plate manufactured by NeuroCom, a division of Natus®. The Balance Master will help staff objectively and systematically assess residents' sensory and voluntary motor components of balance control. Staff will use the SMART Balance Master with traditional rehabilitation techniques to retrain residents' sense of balance and mobility control.
Individuals with chronic balance, dizziness, and vestibular (inner ear and brain elements that control balance) disorders, as well as other balance dysfunction and mobility problems will benefit from the program.
Balance problems among older adults are frequently caused by combinations of subtle degenerative, infectious or injury processes. Estimates are that one out of six Americans will experience a balance disorder at some time in their lives, especially as people age.
Individuals may suffer balance problems due to dizziness or disequilibrium, head injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, orthopedic injuries, or medication side effects. Without the proper equipment, it can be very difficult to diagnose and treat these kinds of problems effectively.
Every year, one-third to one-half of the population age 65-plus experiences falls, a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults. About one-third of the older adult population reports some difficulty with balance or ambulation. Many hip fractures sustained in senior adults as a result of falls are related to balance disorders.
"We believe our substantial investment in the Glenaire Balance Center is a worthwhile investment in our residents' health, which is priceless," said J. Paul Gregg, Glenaire Executive Director. "With the accurate assessment and treatments that our new Balance Center will provide, residents' balance and mobility problems will improve, providing those individuals with greater independence and a renewed joy of life."
NeuroCom initially developed the technology for the Balance Manager family of products with NASA and National Institute of Health support to evaluate the effects of space flight on balance control and vestibular function in astronauts. Today that knowledge has been incorporated into the Balance Master and used in rehabilitative settings like the Glenaire Balance Center.