More than 51 million Americans suffer from a disability. To call attention to it, this week has been designated National Rehabilitation Week.
To mark this, Mayor Cheri Barry Tuesday issued a proclamation at Riley Hospital declaring the event in Meridian.
Officials at Riley say rehabilitation is more important than many might think.
"Imagine when you have a stroke, if you basically lose the function of one whole side of your body, and then three weeks later walk out of here," said Ben Rucks, of Riley's rehabilitation center. "I just can't imagine how important regaining that function is. It would be huge."
Riley Hospital will offer free balance screenings in an effort to help reduce the number of injuries caused by falls, especially among the elderly. Interested participants are asked to call the hospital to preregister.
Thursday, Sept. 24
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Preregister by calling 601-693-2511