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Welsey Acres and Des Moines University to Host a “Hello Balance, Goodbye Falls” Event

Posted September 06, 2012 in Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa (September 5, 2012) Join us on September 22, on the lawn of Wesley Acres, for a
morning designed to help you maintain the highest quality of life and health. You’ll learn evidence-based
exercises that will reduce your risk of falling, restore your optimal health and improve your physical
condition, muscle strength, coordination and flexibility.

One out of every three adults over 65 years of age falls each year. For those older than 75, the
percentage is even higher. Unfortunately, 20%-30% of those falls lead to injuries that reduce mobility
and independence.

“At Wesley Acres, we believe that your personal well-being and health can be greatly enhanced with the
right kind of exercises and we want to do all we can to help Iowans live healthier,” Mary McCarthy,
Wellness Director, said. “We helped create an event to educate Iowans on ways they can improve their
quality of life and prevent falls.”

Throughout the morning of September 22, health professionals from Wesley Acres and Des Moines
University Physical Therapy Program will be leading participants through highly effective exercises and

“Balance is a necessary component for all daily tasks requiring a complex integration of strength,
flexibility, sensation, coordination and vestibular input. Physical therapists can assess these multiple
systems to ensure the exercise program is effective in improving balance and preventing falls,” said
Kathy Mercuris, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy.

The event will also provide attendees an opportunity to take part in a balance assessment, take a
balance survey and have their medication reviewed. As well as participate in the following instructional
· 9 a.m. – Tai-Chi class
· 10 a.m. – Matter of Balance class

“This fall is the ideal time to begin an exercise routine – be that at home or in a class designed
specifically for your health goals – before the cold winter months,” McCarthy said. “That way you’re
prepared for the snow and ice that accompany the upcoming seasonal change.”

When: Saturday, September 22nd
Where: Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

At WesleyLife, we have been dedicated to improving the health, well-being and independence of Iowans
for more than 65 years. We do this each and every day, in both big and small ways.

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About WesleyLife
WesleyLife is a non-profit organization with a Christian mission to support the independence, health and well-being of older adults wherever they call home. WesleyLife operates seven communities throughout Iowa (Wesley Acres in Des Moines, Halcyon House in Washington, Heritage House in Atlantic, Park Centre in Newton, The Village in Indianola, Hearthstone in Pella, and Edgewater in West Des Moines). In addition, WesleyLife serves older Iowans at home and throughout the community with Wesley Community Services (adult day centers in Des Moines, Newton and Washington; home care and health services in Des Moines, Ames, Indianola and Atlantic; Meals On Wheels in Des Moines; and hospice and palliative care in Des Moines, Ames and Indianola). For more information about WesleyLife, please visit
About DMU
Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level,
professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician
assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded
in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students’ pass
rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average
and the rates at similar institutions. Please visit for additional information.

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