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Free cane, walker assessments at senior center

Updated 11:37 am, Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Ever seen a senior citizen walking with a cane and bent over?

The person might be bent over because the cane is the wrong size or the wrong kind, the Fairfield Senior Center says, and it could cause a balance problem or even a fall.

Fairfield seniors can have their canes or walkers assessed for free by trained physical therapists during sessions at the senior center on Friday morning, Jan. 25, and Monday morning, Jan. 28.

Both sessions are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will be conducted by doctoral candidates in physical therapy at Quinnipiac University, the senior center said.

Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling the center at 203-256-3166. Phones are staffed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The therapists are conducting research, and participants will be asked to complete what the senior center said was a short survey about their uses of their devices.

If a senior has equipment that does not fit properly, it will be adjusted or repaired on the spot, if possible for free, the center said. If it can't be adjusted or repaired, the center will search its stock of donated equipment for the right fit.

Otherwise, a therapist will explain how to obtain a properly fitting device a doctor, health-insurance company or other source, the center said.