Vail Daily column: Health fair provides info for seniors

Axis Sports Medicine is a proud supporter of this year’s Eagle County Senior Health Expo and Fair on Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. The expo includes a keynote presentation by a panel of local health care providers, as well as more than 20 booths providing information on healthy aging tips and senior services. Axis Sports Medicine physical therapist Gentian Nuzzo will be presenting on the topic of “Staying Healthy and Active.”

Physical activity and mobility are an important component in maintaining an optimal quality of life. Physical therapists are trained in a variety of sciences (kinesiology, human anatomy and physics to name a few) to understand how the body works, how the body moves, and thus how to restore and maximize mobility. Normal day-to-day activities from swinging a golf club to cleaning up the kitchen may seem harmless, but even these activities place a considerable amount of stress through the joints and muscles and thus can result in pain or injury. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, fall or stroke, or perhaps living with balance difficulties, daily aches and pains, or chronic conditions such as diabetes, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional and an excellent resource to get you moving and keep you moving.

According to the National Council of Aging, about one in three seniors older than 65, and one in two seniors older than 80, will experience a fall at least once this year. Many times these falls result in significant decline in health, mobility and independence. Surprisingly, every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The first step in the National Council of Aging’s “Take Control of Your Health: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall” is to find a good balance and exercise program to build balance, strength and flexibility. To learn more about keeping yourself safe and healthy, please join Nuzzo at the Eagle County Senior Health Expo and Fair as she discusses the whys and hows of staying active throughout a lifetime, or visit our booth at the Senior Health Expo and Fair with any questions, comments or concerns. Another great option to receive a full evaluation from one of our exceptional therapists is to visit one of our clinics.

Axis Sports Medicine is a local therapist owned and operated rehabilitation company with seven locations in Eagle and Summit counties. Axis Sports Medicine has earned a reputation for providing an energized and progressive environment for therapists and patients. Axis is devoted to patient care, community outreach and collaborating with physicians and hospital partners. Our knowledgeable and dedicated team strives to help patients achieve their goals in a positive and supportive environment. From racing down the slopes to lifting a grandchild, we are here to help you get back in the game of life!

Thank you to Eagle County Paramedic Services and Eagle County Healthy Aging Program for organizing this wonderful community event. With Falls Prevention Awareness Day quickly approaching on Sunday, be safe, have fun and keep moving!

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Mary Hughes is a physical therapist with Axis Sports Medicine in Edwards.

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