Becoming better balanced

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

November 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Photos by: Gayle Agnew, Alliance Review

Becoming better balanced – ACH physical therapist shares information on balance training

Becoming better balanced

“Brain Attack: Life After a Stroke”

“It can happen to anyone at any time at any age. Children can have strokes, elderly can have strokes — everyone can have them,” said Dr. Karen Gade-Pulido during the free lecture Luncheon “Brain Attack: Life After a Stroke,” held at Alliance Community Hospital on February 8, 2012.

She mentioned almost 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year, an average of one stroke every 40 seconds. The impairments caused by a stroke can vary, depending on which part of the brain has been affected and what functions they are connected to.

Some examples include:

            • Balance
            • Speech and language
            • Hearing and vision
            • Memories and personality

Dr. Gade-Pulido’s main take away, when it comes to strokes, time is of the essence.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop, extra winter safety precautions are crucial. With winter, comes an increased chance of falls and injury. Heed these safety tips before you venture out into the cold:


  • Wear the proper footwear. Check the traction on your shoes and make sure the soles are not worn or smooth.
  • Check sidewalk railings and make sure they are sturdy enough to support your weight.
  • Keep salt and a shovel near walkways for easy access.
  • Carry a cell phone in case a fall occurs and you are unable to get up.
  • Ask for help when leaving a location and have to walk across slick surfaces.
  • Have a plan. Prepare yourself on what to do if you or someone you are with falls.
  • Take it slow. Allow yourself extra time when going out.
  • Strengthen your legs. Strong legs help brace a person when a fall occurs and help prevent injury.


Until further notice, please adhere to the following visitation policy:

1. Visitation is limited to healthy visitors. 

2. For the safety of children and patients,
children under the age of 14 are not permitted to visit. 

3. Please limit visitors to 2 per patient. 
Visits should be limited to a short period of time.

4. DO NOT visit patients if you are ill
or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Winter Weather traveling

With the approach of winter weather, road conditions may make traveling tricky. Give yourself extra time to get to your final destination and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Keep in mind that bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first, even if temperatures are above freezing.

Alliance Community Hospital wishes you and your family safe and happy travels this holiday season.