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Golf Strokes Help Stroke Patients at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Neurosciences, Other Adult Services, Rehabilitation, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments

Georgia Kaiser, left, and Dorothy Woodstrom, right, take chip shots with oversized clubs and tennis balls at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute Monday, Oct. 9, during the “Saving Strokes” event.

ROSEVILLE – Dorothy Woodstrom of Carmichael used to play “all the time with the gals” at Haggin Oaks golf course when she was in her 20s but hadn’t played in years. On Monday, Oct. 9, the 88-year-old got back into the swing of things, but this time as rehabilitation therapy after suffering a stroke.

Another experienced golfer, Phyllis Stewart, hits the target with Joe Storbakken of Haggin Oaks assisting.

Dorothy was one of a handful of stroke survivors who took their shots with tennis balls at targets during a “Saving Strokes Golf Fore Health” event at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, where she is currently a patient.

“The benefits for those who had strokes include balance, standing, hand-eye coordination,” said Bonnie Jenkins-Close, a Sutter Rehabilitation Institute physical therapist who has been organizing golf therapy for stroke and other rehabbing patients for more than 15 years. “And for those who previously played golf, it shows them what they are capable of doing.”

Georgia Kaiser sends a ball at a cone during the “Saving Strokes” event.

Georgia Kaiser of Yuba City spent a month at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute eight years ago after suffering a stroke. She used to play golf regularly with her husband and golfed all over the United States. While unable to golf on courses anymore, she showed a sweet stroke as she hit chip shots at targets.

“It’s fun to see how well I can hit the ball,” she said.

Assisting the patients was a trio of Haggin Oaks professionals who are with the Junior and Disabled Golf program at the golf complex. Kelli Corlett, the director of the program, said Haggin Oaks has a 25-week program for those with disabilities. For more information, call (916) 808-2531.

Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, located on the campus of Sutter Roseville Medical Center, is the greater Sacramento region’s premier rehab center. For more info, visit http://www.sutterroseville.org/rehab/.

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Neurosciences, Other Adult Services, Rehabilitation, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments