Article from BetterPT.com
It’s the start of a New Year; a time to reflect on the past year and reevaluate your current lifestyle. What could you have done better last year and what do you want to change this year? New Year’s resolutions are the perfect time to make changes, set goals, and focus on the most important aspects of your life.
For many people, New Year’s resolutions come hand in hand with health. Starting a new gym membership, eating healthier, quitting bad habits, losing weight, etc. These are all great resolutions, but we have an even better one for you this year — TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND GET PREVENTATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY!
Article from Total Care Physical Therapy
As the winter months approach, you may find yourself spending more time indoors and less time being active and mobile. This can lead to stiffness, fatigue and difficulties in accomplishing your daily activities and tasks. Despite the cooler temperatures and wintery weather, you need to keep moving and making daily efforts to be healthy. Here are some easy steps and fun alternatives to increase movement, decrease pain and increase your energy:
1. Plan your daily activity / exercise routine and decide to get up and get moving!
2. Get up from your chair every 20 minutes: Take a quick lap around work or the house.
3. Walk or exercise at least 30 minutes everyday: Go on a walk at lunch when its warmest outside.
4. Drink plenty of water: Have one glass of water with each meal or snack
Article published by A Place at Home on August 2, 2017
For seniors, managing to find the time or energy to exercise on a daily basis can be hard enough. But when the wind is blowing and the snow is falling, low temperatures and icy conditions can prevent everyone young and old from getting active during the dreaded winter months.
Remember, physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body. Staying active is important for your whole body, including your brain. Performing a minimal amount of daily physical movement and exercise can even help to prolong some of the memory loss and cognitive decline associated with aging.
Would you believe in a nondrug treatment that works for arthritis, cancer pain, Parkinson's, and incontinence and improves your strength and endurance? There is one -- physical therapy.
Published on WebMD by medical journalist Star Lawrence
When a person gets injured or has a prolonged illness, doctors often recommend physical therapy. In the case of older people, though, sometimes this is seen as just something to "try." This could not be further from the truth. Physical therapy is "A-quality" therapy for many conditions affecting older people, from Alzheimer's to urinary incontinence. In fact, one researcher did a study in which you had to be 100 years of age to even participate!
According to Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT, president of the geriatrics section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and adviser to the surgeon general, one of the main things that brings older people to the physical therapist is a fall. "They want and need to maintain their independence," she says.
Article by Brett Sears, PT from verywellhealth.com
The goal of National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), which is listed on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's National Health Observances Calendar, is to raise awareness of the key role that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants can play in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility and overall functional ability, and live healthier, more physically-able lives.
National Physical Therapy Month was established in 1981 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). On the APTA website, the stated purpose of the month-long campaign is to recognize the physical therapy profession's efforts to 'transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.'" Here's a look at how National Physical Therapy Month tends to play out.
There has never been a better time than right now to get physical therapy for your loved ones. As the weather gets colder, it becomes even harder for elderly people to remain active. Lessila Therapy's services help improve motion, prevent falling, manage pain, increase strength and overall improves the elderly's quality of life. Take a look at this pain profile to gauge severity of pain for you or a loved one and contact Lessila Therapy to start your journey to an improved, accessible life!
Published on the Medical News Today Newsletter By Timothy Huzar on Thu, February 21, 2019
Dementia is a term that describes a variety of symptoms affecting a person's cognitive functioning, including their ability to think, remember, and reason. It tends to get worse over time, so there are a few key early warning signs.Dementia occurs when nerve cells in a person's brain stop working. Although it typically happens in older people, it is not an inevitable part of aging. The brain's natural deterioration happens to everyone as they grow older, but it occurs more quickly in people with dementia.
Exercise programs reduced falls that caused injuries by 37%, falls leading to serious injuries by 43%, and broken bones by 61%"
Published on the Harvard Health Publishing Website by Howard LeWine, M.D. on Oct. 31, 2013
Most people take balance for granted. They navigate without thinking, effort, or fear. For millions of others, though, poor balance is a problem. Some struggle with long-term dizziness or imbalance. Others suffer balance-related falls and injuries. A new study concludes that exercise can reduce not only the odds of falling but the odds of sustaining fall-related injuries.
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Well Elderly: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
By Hibet Melgoza
Posted on: February 28, 2011
Reflections on Practice
The Baby Boomer population is aging, and along with this comes increased demand for health care services. By 2030, the number of adults over 65 will rise from 37 million to more than 70 million, almost 20 percent of the total projected population in that year, according to the Institute of Medicine. Along with living longer, Boomers want to maintain their quality of life: to live independently in their own homes, socialize with friends, remain physically healthy and continue to participate in everyday occupations that are meaningful for them.