“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” A quote by Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States as the wife of President Jimmy Carter. It takes a special person to be a caregiver to others. The struggle to balance family, life and work at the same time as
It’s that time of year when seniors must take extra precautions to avoid a fall. Dipping temperatures and inclement weather conditions increase the risk factors for falls—especially—in older adults. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to keep yourself safe! Outside your home, make sure you have assistance when shoveling sidewalks and walkways. Lay adequate amounts of salt to prevent ice from forming. You can reduce your risk of falling by
Most of us are familiar with the term life span, which is a reference to how long a person will actually live. A newer and even more important term is health span, which means the length of time that a person is healthy and not just alive. Physical therapy can help with healthy aging by improving health span and assisting in a more successful aging process. We are all capable of successfully aging if we
Did you know that seniors’ walking speed is directly related to longevity and that proper nutrition is important for seniors’ to maintain good ambulatory balance? Recent studies have demonstrated that good nutrition is vital for seniors to live happier and safer. Yet, it is also common to find seniors eating poorer diets as they age. This leads to a more sedentary lifestyle because a person just may not have the energy to move about much.
Out of Balance? Poor balance and the fear of falling are primary reasons for declining mobility as a person ages. Mobility is an important factor in the quality of life. As balance worsens (increasing the risk of falling), it is more difficult to be mobile. Unfortunately, falling is the number one cause of hip fracture. Nearly 20\% of all hip fractures in the elderly will result in death within the first year, and 50\% of