October 2012
Community invited to Word to the Wise program on Oct. 26


The facts are sobering:

  • Hip fractures are the most frequent type of fall related fracture
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls
  • More than 1/3 of older adults fall each year
  • Falls in the older adult may increase the risk for early death.


Find out how to improve balance and decrease risk for falls in an educational program cosponsored by Augustana Mercy Health Care Center and Mercy Hospital.


Community members are invited to the second program of the Word to the Wise educational series entitled Improving Your Balance & the Prevention of Falls. The free program will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 26 in Community Rooms 1 & 2 at Mercy Hospital. Pie will be served.


Mercy Physical Therapists Jonas Kyllonen, DPT, and Bruce Hauger, DPT, will present vital information on:

  • Facts and myths about falls
  • Body systems that affect balance
  • How balance is affected with aging
  • Exercises and techniques to prevent falls
  • How Physical Therapy can help improve your balance and decrease fall risk


“As we age, balance becomes an increasingly important factor in our health and safety.” said Hauger. “This program will help you find out how to maintain and improve balance in order to decrease your risk of falling.”


Hauger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and his doctoral degree from Concordia University Wisconsin.  He is a clinical back specialist credentialed by the McKenzie Institute and has worked in a variety of settings including orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient clinics, and long-term care. He was a faculty member in the Physical Therapy Department at The College of St. Scholastica for 18 years. He has done workshops and presented his research in the United States and Europe.


Kyllonen received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota.  He has seven years of hospital-based physical therapy experience in rural areas.  His experience includes acute care, long-term care, outpatient, home care and sports medicine with emphasis in orthopedics physical therapy.


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