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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

AgingCare shares information about exercise as beneficial to older adults with Parkinson’s disease. Because exercise reduces stiffness and improves mobility and posture, effective physical therapy can greatly aid the patient’s movement along with helping the progression of the disease slow down. Tai Chi, dancing, yoga, LSVT BIG and other therapeutic programs are available and produce positive results for the patient as well as increasing their quality of life.

What caregivers should know about behaviors to watch for, changes in the level of care required, and possible housing cost increases during the transition from hospital back to senior housing.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

Broken hips or hip injuries in the elderly can be very painful and problematic. Physical therapy for rehabilitation and recovery might be necessary.

Inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary when an elderly parent suffers a serious falls, hip injury, stroke or other health condition.