Balance and Dizziness Event Open to Public at OVMC

Friday, June 18, 2010

CONTACT: Jessica Zatezalo at 304-234-8135 or

Balance and Dizziness Event Open to Public at OVMC
WHEELING, W. VA. -- More than two million people per year visit their doctor for vestibular balance disorders.
These balance disorders are a common problem and may be responsible for up to 10 percent of all visits to physicians for individuals over age 65. Because of these dizziness and balance issues, falls result as an individual ages.

This rising concern for balance and dizziness issues is what lead OVMC professionals to host a free educational event to the Ohio Valley at their facility June 8th at 11:30 a.m.

"We are reaching out to the community to educate people regarding the impact balance and dizziness issues may have on their daily lives," said Kent LaForme, director of clinical support and rehab. "A physical therapist and occupational therapist from OVMC will discuss signs, symptoms and treatment options."

"The National Council on Aging predicts that one in three seniors about age 65 and nearly one in two seniors over age 80 will fall at least once each year," said LaForme.

Patients often describe balance problems in terms of vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness, and motion sickness. LaForme notes that although there are various terms to describe vestibular conditions, it is important to identify the problem and seek proper medical care.

"Research has shown that effective therapy interventions can decrease the number of falls by 35 to 55 percent," said LaForme.

The Center for Disease Control estimates $19 billion is spent each year treating the elderly for effects of their falls. Practical solutions and tips to increase your safety will be outlined at the OVMC event.

"We will have a variety of information on display at the event at informational tables, as well as information about medical evaluations and testing," said LaForme.

The event is located in the Nurses Residence at OVMC and will light lunch is provided. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 304-234-8877.

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