Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a free health seminar featuring Leslie Moskal, doctor of physical therapy, and Mary Kay Cattaneo, director of rehabilitation services, at 11 a.m. Aug. 24.

At this free community seminar learn about the distinct types of dizziness, what causes it, prevention methods as well as medications and treatment options. Dizziness, vertigo and postural hypotension are common in older adults and have numerous causes. Moskal will discuss the diagnostic process and distinguishing between otologic, central, medical, and psychogenic causes. The use of vestibular physical therapy is often helpful and will be explored as a treatment option.

“Medications must be used with greater caution in older adults,” said Moskal. “They may be more sensitive to side effects, like dizziness.

Cattaneo will share information on the Bodies in Balance Fall Prevention Program available at Sacred Heart, and the Wellness Program offering aquatic, strengthening and balance classes at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation at Somerby Assisted Living in Santa Rosa Beach.

Rehabilitation Services at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast provide the expertise to properly diagnose and manage your rehabilitation needs. The center also provides specialized care, troubleshooting, and education for patients that have conditions effecting their overall balance and mobility. A multidisciplinary team of physical therapy experts work together to strengthen and preserve mobility while educating the patient and preventing future falls and injuries.

The free community-education seminar will be held at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach in their second floor conference room. Call 850-278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.