RCMH Offers Strength, Balance Exercise Program for Older Adults

July 18, 2016

Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) will begin its fall session of the Strong Bones program September 13. The 10-week program helps participants, age 50 and older, learn strength training exercises that can help improve bone density, reduce falls, improve arthritis symptoms and increase flexibility and strength.

Strong Bones is coordinated through the physical therapy department and costs $40 to participate. Participants in Strong Bones can register for either a low intensity program led by RCMH Physical Therapy Assistant Rob Johnson or a high intensity program led by RCMH Physical Therapist Morgan Ebner.

Classes occur every Tuesday and Thursday from September 13 through November 17. The low intensity class runs from 11:00 am to noon, and the high intensity class runs from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  

The low intensity class includes eight exercises, all of which are strength, not balance, related. In the high intensity class, participants complete a mix of twelve strength and balance exercises. Since participants complete some of the high intensity class exercises on the floor, those interested in the high intensity class must be able to get up and down from the floor on their own. For safety reasons, only those who can walk with no assistance devices are allowed to participate in the program.

Interested individuals can contact the RCMH Rehabilitation Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1301 to register for the program or for more information. The deadline to register for this session of Strong Bones is August 15, 2016. Space is limited to 20 participants and preference will be given to new enrollees. All enrollees will be contacted to confirm class placement. A $40 fee will be due from participants on September 6, 2016. No refunds will be available past the program start date.

Physician authorization may be required to participate in the program.