New session of clinic at Dunkirk Memorial Hospital is designed to improve balance for seniors

Brooks Memorial Hospital officials in Dunkirk are planning a new 5-week session of a popular program for seniors designed to enhance wellness and improve balance with a focus on minimizing injuries and the risk of falls. Registration is now under way for Brooks Balance Clinic: Staying Balanced Throughout Your Life,” set to begin Tuesday at noon in the Physical Therapy Department at the hospital. The program will be held twice weekly from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $11 per session and does not require a doctor’s referral.

Organizers Linda Courtney, Director of Physical Therapy, and Tammy Kiszak, Physical Therapist, say the program is open to senior citizens interested in learning strategies for staying balanced, improving control of posture and reducing the risk of falls.

At the conclusion of the program, enrollees are provided with take home materials and receive telephone follow-up calls at regular intervals to check on their home progress.

For more information or to register, call the Physical Therapy Department at 363-3092. Brooks Hospital is located at 529 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. The hospital is an affiliate of Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York.

Those interested in enrolling in the program must be able to walk with or without an assistive device independently and be able to follow course instructions. Participants are asked to wear sneakers and workout apparel. For those seniors who are not appropriate for the Balance Clinic, there is always the option of obtaining a referral from their physician and being seen as a traditional outpatient.