Melanie Sponholz is a Physical Therapist with a Board Certification in Geriatrics (GCS). Melanie is the Director of Quality Assurance and Professional Development at Fox Rehabilitation. She is an alumnus of Columbia University where she received a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy.

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A broken hip, hip injury or hip replacement in the elderly can be very painful and problematic. Both occupational therapy and physical therapy services will likely be necessary to reduce pain, maximize mobility and improve quality of life.

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Regulations regarding physical, occuptional and speech therapy vary by state. Check with providers in your area to see if your father needs a doctor's referral before getting rehabilitation.

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There are three main types of rehabilitative therapy for elderly people: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

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When an elderly loved one has a stroke, it can be shocking how much damage is done so quickly. Depending on the part of the brain affected, your loved one may be unable to speak or walk, so rehabilitative services are essential to their recovery. Stroke rehab and recovery services help survivors improve their ability to walk, speak and manage day-to-day life.

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Physical therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy: Learn the different types of geriatric rehabilitation services available, where they occur, and what exercises are used to help improve a senior's functional abilities.

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Learn how PT, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy can help people living with dementia maintain their functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

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Exercise is a beneficial treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Physical activity reduces stiffness, improves mobility and posture, and greatly aids the patient’s movement along with helping slow the progression of the disease.

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Physical therapy can provide effective arthritis pain relief and arthritis joint protection.

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