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Seminar examines remedies for dizziness disorders

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 16, 2004) -- The fall series of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Geriatric Education Series begins Monday, Sept. 20, with Lisa M. Koch, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member in Ohio University's Hearing Speech and Language Sciences program, presenting "Vestibular Rehabilitation." The seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in conference room B-9 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.

Koch's presentation will discuss vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). VRT is an exercise approach to the remediation of disequilibrium and vertigo -- commonly known as dizziness. It is a totally non-invasive procedure and many times can be done at home. Koch will also present some treatment approaches used in the management of patients with vestibular, or inner ear, loss. Other topics that we will covered include: treatment protocols for remediating vertigo and other forms of dizziness, the prevention of balance disorders and how to evaluate the efficiency of a vestibular rehabilitation program.

"Dizziness is the second most common complaint for patients that visit their physician, second only to back pain," said Koch. An astonishing 50 to 60 percent of adults experience dizziness symptoms at least once their lifetime. 20 percent of normal populations have unilateral vestibular loss of some degree, she added.

Health-care professionals are invited to attend the seminar. Brown bags are welcome. For more information, call the Geriatric Education Center at (740) 593-2258. Each lecture in this series of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology seminars is held from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at O'Bleness, B-9.

This is the first seminar in the fall series. The second seminar, "Neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease: A Case for Brian Inflammation," will be presented by Samuel A. Scott, Ph.D., Ohio University assistant professor of physical therapy, Oct. 4. The third seminar, "Enhancing Communication for Caregivers of Seniors with Dementia and Other Neurological Conditions," will be presented by Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., associate dean of Sponsored Programs, and associate professor of Health and Human Services, Oct. 18. The fourth seminar: "Psychological Aspects of Alzheimer's Disease, will be presented by Julie Suhr, Ph.D., Nov. 1. The series will conclude with "Proper Use of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbals" and will be given by Maureen Clothier, D.O., Nov. 15.

"The seminars are designed for an interdisciplinary audience," said Ellen Peterson, R.N., OU-COM geriatric education coordinator. "Health professionals from the community regularly attend, in addition to interns, residents and medical students. The diversity of disciplines represented by the participants makes for an interesting exchange of ideas."

The sponsors of the seminars include OU-COM's Department Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology, the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center and Area Health Education Center, and the Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio.

Peterson said the seminar series was started by a federal grant that established OU-COM as a contribution site to the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center in September 1994 and has supported many continuing education programs. Provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, the grant supports educational programs in geriatric and gerontology for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and health-care providers to 22 Southeastern Ohio counties.

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