Physical therapy students, faculty to offer free screenings for seniors Oct. 27

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 5, 2010) — Physical therapy students and faculty from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio will offer free health screenings for senior citizens in late October in honor of National Physical Therapy Month.

The free health screening fair for seniors 60 and older will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Bob Ross Senior Center, 2219 Babcock. Second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students will work with Health Science Center faculty Ann Newstead, Ph.D., PT, and Myla Quiben, Ph.D., D.P.T., PT. Screenings will assess balance, flexibility, walking, functional activities and general health. The fair will include educational materials. Call Melinda Galvan at (210) 207-5332 for additional information.

The Department of Physical Therapy is part of the Health Science Center’s School of Health Professions. This school trains professionals in 11 disciplines, including physical therapy, to be members of the expanded health care team, to conduct innovative health research, and to educate the next generation of health professionals for South Texas and the state.

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