Sharon Meyer, a physical therapist at St. Francis Hospital & Health Services, and the Gladys Rickard Charitable Trust, made it possible for patrons at the Nodaway County Senior Center to enjoy safe, effective and east workouts.
During consideration of her personal goals for 2012 as part of the hospital’s planning process, Meyer decided on a community benefit endeavor. “This year I chose to work towards the acquisition of the NuStep (recumbent cross-training exercise equipment) for the Senior Center in an effort to be more proactive in the health of citizens of Nodaway County.” Meyer said. “I felt that having a NuStep at the Senior Center would allow people of the community, especially seniors, to use this equipment to continue the benefits they have received in rehab without charge to them.”
The decision to place the unit at the Senior Center was an easy one. “The Senior Center provides meals and socialization for many in Nodaway County and seemed the perfect location to put a NuStep so that many could reap its benefits,” Meyer said.
Once her goal was set, Meyer began checking into various sources to help her fund the project. She worked closely with Amie Firavich, manager at the Senior Center, to assure that the project had acceptance for supervision and maintenance of the equipment. The Gladys Rickard Trust financ3ed the total cost of the equipment which amounted to over $4,000. The equipment was placed at the Senior Center in August.
“The goal is to have free public access to a piece of equipment that has excellent potential for both improving and maintaining physical strength and endurance for anyonein Nodaway County who wishes to use it,” Meyer concluded.