Physical Therapy for Older Adults Articles

  • 5 Physical Therapy Treatments You Might Want to Avoid

    A physical therapist’s ultimate goal is to help their patient be as active as possible, but for older adults, some treatments can be ineffective and sometimes even dangerous.

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  • The Difference Between Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy

    Learn the different types of geriatric rehabilitation services available, where they occur, and what exercises are used to help improve functional abilities.

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  • What kinds of physical therapy and rehabilitation are available for the elderly?

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

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  • Does My Elderly Parent Need In-Patient Rehabilitation?

    Inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary when an elderly parent suffers a serious falls, hip injury, stroke or other health condition. Inpatient physical rehabilitation centers are well equipped to conduct various therapies within a residential setting.

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  • A Typical Day in a Senior Rehab Facility

    After being hospitalized seniors are often prescribed a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility to help them get back on their feet. While the focus of their stay is rehabilitation, the services provided by a skilled nursing facility are not limited to therapy.

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  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Mobility Aid for a Senior

    The wrong mobility aid can negatively affect a senior’s stability, cause posture problems and even result in pain. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so selecting the right one and achieving a proper fit requires a professional’s expertise.

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  • Stroke Recovery: Getting Back on Track

    Stroke recovery can be especially daunting for family caregivers and can cause high levels of emotional and physical stress for both the stroke survivor and their caregiver. Use these expert care tips during the recovery and rehabilitation process.

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  • The Right Rehab Program Dramatically Increases Mobility after Joint Replacement

    Seniors who undergo an intensive rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement surgery may experience a three-fold increase in their mobility.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • What to Expect After a Hip Replacement

    You've found a surgeon you trust, scheduled the procedure, and figured out which senior rehabilitation center your loved one will be staying in, but are you prepared for what comes after the surgery?

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  • Do All Seniors Need Rehabilitation After a Hip Injury?

    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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  • Choosing a Transitional Rehab Facility for Elders

    If your elderly parent has broken a hip, had a stroke, had surgery or other common elder conditions, chances are they will stay in a rehabilitation center for physical therapy. Here are some questions caregivers can ask.

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  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    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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  • Arthritis Top Tips: Diet and Exercise Can Minimize Inflammation

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for using diet and physical activity to alleviate joint pain and stiffness.

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  • Prehabilitation for Surgical Procedures

    Many surgeries require some type of post-operative care and physical therapy, sometimes even in a specialized rehabilitation facility. The prehabilitation process focuses on helping patients go into surgery in the healthiest possible state to aid in healing and minimize their recovery time. Improvements in diet, exercise, and mental health can make a world of difference in a patient's recovery following a joint replacement, cancer treatment and other intensive procedures.

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  • When Do We Stop Medical Intervention?

    Charlie doesn't want to go to the doctor anymore and he refuses to do his rehab. When is it time to stop medical intervention and just try to make our loved ones are as happy and comfortable as possible?

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  • Physical Therapy for Arthritis Pain Relief

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

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  • Benefits of Exercise in Parkinson's Treatment

    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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  • Does a doctor have to "prescribe" rehabilitation for an elder?

    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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