Community Health Agencies Join Forces for Return of "Steady & Ready" in Merrill

Continuing its community effort on the Prevention of Falls, The Merrill Area Healthy Lifestyle Network is pleased to announce the return of “Steady & Ready”.

This program, offered free of charge, is a combination of education and exercise with meetings once a week at Good Samaritan Health Center. All members of the community concerned about maintaining or improving their balance and reducing the risk of falling are encouraged to participate.

Steady & Ready will be held every Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Menard Center on the Good Samaritan Health Center Campus. Participants should use the Rehabilitation Services Entrance.

“Balance is an essential but often overlooked skill and we fail to realize how we use our sense of balance in every functional task throughout the day,” said Susan Coady, director of Industrial, Wellness and Rehabilitation Services at Good Samaritan Health Center.

Coady adds that balance ability changes over time and if we don’t “exercise” it, we will begin to see small losses as the years pass and that often people are unaware of these losses until safety and mobility is compromised. “It’s never too late to improve this ability and regain some of that lost skill in order to be safer and enjoy a greater level of function and activity in daily life,” said Coady.

“Steady & Ready” is a program to teach people about the small losses in balance and how to prevent them or regain them. Actual exercises will be taught, challenging the balance system and providing a safe strengthening and flexibility routine for each person. In addition, the Lincoln County Health Department will provide additional information about safe home environments, good nutrition and the effects of medications.

In support of the event, the Lincoln County Commission on Aging will provide free transportation on the Merrill-Go-Round for Steady & Ready Participants. Anyone wishing to access the free transportation need to inform the driver that they are going to the Steady & Ready program and they will not be charged.

For more information or to register for this free program, call Good Samaritan Health Center at 715.539.2466.

A member of the Ministry Health Care System, Good Samaritan Health Center was founded in 1923 by the Holy Cross Sisters. It is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy, radiology and laboratory services as well as respite, emergency, and walk-in clinic services.

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