Saint Alphonsus Discussion About Balance


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Every year 1/3 of t5he population over 65 experiences a fall. The older you get the % increases.

25% of falls result in an injury such as hip fracture. And falls are the #1 reason for admit to SNF

Once you have a fall there is a higher risk of subsequent falls)fear of falling leads to decreased activity level which leads to decreased strength, flexibility and mobility)

The more risk factors you have the greater your risk for a fall (peripheral neuropathy, parkins, MS diabetes, CVA, leg weakness) Because of the statistics it is very important to help find ways to reduce your risk of falling to improve health and mobility.

It is a common myth that you get older your balance steadily declines. Studies show that the balance of a 70 year is similar to a 50 year old if there is no pathology. The most important thing is to stay active.

What is Balance? Balance is the ability to maintain your center of gravity over your base of support. Your balance relies on your brain, muscles, bones and your 3 balance systems to help you stay upright.

Balance Systems

There are 3 sensory systems that help you with your balance/ These 3 work together to help maintain balance in every environment (level, grass and dark)

The 3 balance systems are:

Visual-(affected by diabetes and macular degeneration)

Somatosensory-ability to feel the ground (affected by CVA, DM, peripheral neur)

vestibular system-tells you where you are at in space and if you are moving when your eyes are closed. It also helps keep your eyes in focus when your head is moving. Deficits in the vestibular systems can lead to vertigo or dizziness usually with movements. Inner ear infection, BPPV, vestibular hypo function.

Often as we get older we begin to use the visual system more than other systems so the somatosensory and vestibular systems get week and won’t kick in when we need them to.

Causes of imbalance and falls

poor posture

decreased activity

decrease strength endurance and flexibility

decrease processes DM, CVA, peripheral neuropathy


environment hazards (rugs)

How can you decrease the risk of falling?

stay active find an exercise routine-walk

Use an assistive device to improve safety

Modify the home environment (rugs, railing by the steps, phone within reach)

Consistent Exercise routine

PT focus on:

Improving posture

Balance exercise

Strengthening and endurance training

Dynamic walking Activities


Marching in place

Romberg eyes upon and closed

Ant/post sway

walking with head turns

Thanks Jill for leading this discussion.




VA Alert-Proposed Rule Makes It Even Harder on Vets

A quick note to let you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) is trying to make it more difficult for our Vets, especially our older Vets, to qualify for benefits that they earned by serving this country. In January, the VA proposed massive new regulations that, if finalized, will make it even more difficult and frustrating for our Vets. Hundreds of veteran advocates have submitted comments condemning the proposed regulations and pointing out that the regulations exceed the authority of the VA. See “Veterans Face losing-Term Care Lifeline Because of VA Proposed Rule.”

We won’t know for at least another month whether these regulations will be approved by the VA. (One attorney group representing nearly 4500 attorneys who work with Veterans has already announced it will sue the VA for exceeding its authority.) One thing we can do right now is make sure that any older Vets that we’re aware of that might qualify for Aid & Attendance benefit submit a claim before the effective date of any of these regulations. If you know someone who may qualify of have questions about how this VA benefit can help your loved one, please give me a call. Soon!

Mark Wright-Attorney At Law & President

Call Bill Poulson at 208-939-7658 or email if you have any questions.

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Brunch

We Celebrated Easter Sunday and Hillcrest was a buzz. Please take a moment to look through the pictures and we look forward to seeing you at our next big event. We started off with an Easter egg hunt at 10 am and later had a Easter brunch that included a salad bar buffet, and an assortment of desserts for you to pick from, and a grand mimosa to wet your whistle. The Easter bunny showed up to wish everyone a happy Easter and pose for a picture. Everyone enjoyed brunch and visiting with family and friends.

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Employee of The Month

Karla is a hardworking, dedicated part of Hillcrest Family. She’s always willing to lend a hand when necessary, and she gets things done right the first time. Not only is she well known and appreciated by her coworkers, but by residents as well. Karla has formed such a good reputation with the residents that they ask for her by name when they need something taken care of, Karla is diligent and efficient at what she does, and she is kind, caring and respectful of others. Hillcrest wouldn’t be the same place without her. Karla, thanks for all you do. Patti Moss-Director of Housekeeping.

You Rock!!!


The Abbott & Costello Show









Live from Hillcrest Assisted Living from Radio City the Abbott & Costello Show. On Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm. We will hear the radio acts we all loved, 7 into 28, Fore Fathers, Dice Game and Who’s on first. Come and join is the laughter as we gather abound the radio to listen to the comedy we all grew up listening to around the radio.

Please contact Kevin at 2080345-4460 or email at if you have any questions.


Dementia Support Group






Dementia Support Group

Hillcrest Assisted Living Support Groups Provide education and support to those who are part of the management and care of an individual facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Everyone is welcome to come and share concerns and issues in an open discussion or just listen to others who are going through this overwhelming disease process.

Beginning in April 14th at 3:00 pm

Contact Kevin at: Hillcrest Assisted Living

1093 S. Hilton Street

Boise, Idaho 83705


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Thank You XL Hospice for partnering with us!





No Greater Love

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We had a wonderful time at No Greater Love check out this link and you will be blessed.

Performances are at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Ave. So. Nampa, Idaho

Tickets are available through the Nampa Civic Center Box Office for $5.00 each

So, what is “No Greater Love” at Nampa First Church?

Each Easter week for the past 34 years, Nampa First Church has presented a pageant called “No Greater Love”. This production, written and directed by Bette Dale Moore, involves hundreds of actors, choir members, and extras in portraying the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Over the past 36 years more than 200,000 people have seen and experienced this life-changing musical drama. In 2006, No Greater Love featured a brand new, professionally designed and constructed set.

Put this on your bucket list of things to do.

To learn more about No Greater Love go to