The New Canaan Branch of the American Association of University Women will host local physical therapist Jim Rumsey on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m. at Waveny House. Rumsey will discuss "Fit for Life: Exercising Smartly to Avoid Injuries as One Ages."

Rumsey completed his undergraduate work at Slippery Rock University, graduating Magna cum Laude in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education. He then enrolled in a master's program in exercise physiology at Florida State University, but subsequently transferred to New York University, where he received his physical therapy certification in 1975. He began his career serving as staff physical therapist at United Hospitals Orthopedic Center in Newark, N.J. He returned to New York City in 1976 where he spent several years working as a physical therapist in the office of Dr. Hans Kraus, a back and pain specialist. In 1980, Rumsey traveled to Malta to serve as a physical therapist and athletic trainer on the set of the Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions joint-venture film -- Robert Altman's "Popeye" -- working with Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall.

Following his return to the U.S., Rumsey took a position with Stamford Hospital, where he served as senior physical therapist and coordinator of outpatient therapy. In 1982, Rumsey opened his own private practice, Rumsey and Associates, specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine in Darien. Over the past few years, Rumsey also became involved in a Christian family resort, Camp-of-the-Woods, where he served as summer recreation director. Wishing the flexibility to continue working while spending more time at the camp during the summer, Rumsey sold his practice to Michael Morgan in 1994. He continued as recreation director of the camp for 14 summers until 2004 and remains active on their membership board and through volunteer work. In his free time, Rumsey also serves as an elder at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stamford. He lives in Darien with his wife, Carol, and their four children. The family remains very active with Cure International's African medical staff in Kenya and Ethiopia, where Rumsey taught and practiced.

All members and their guests are invited to attend this discussion.

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