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While many gyms and senior centers remain closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, socially-distanced walking can still take place in your home or neighborhood. The CDC’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. AUM promotes independent living and exercise, and walking is a great way to get the CDC’s recommended physical activity without reliance on people or equipment.  

Besides being a convenient, affordable physical activity, walking … Read more

Posted by: In: Physical Therapy 01 Jun 2020 Comments: 0

In the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, physical therapists have had to rethink the way they meet their patients’ needs. Remaining as safe as possible during the COVID-19 crisis means practicing social distancing, and medical professionals are adapting to this new requirement in a variety of ways. One of these ways is via telehealth. And while telehealth has been practiced for years, it is now emerging as a highly effective way for providers to continue serving patients while reducing the … Read more

Posted by: In: Mobility, Physical Therapy 30 Apr 2020 Comments: 0

Each year, May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month and aims to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of arthritis – a condition that impacts more than 50 million Americans. It also focuses on the need for effective research and advocacy and to encourage the millions of adults with arthritis to engage in regular physical activity to improve joint health. 

Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not a single disease – it is the term used to describe … Read more

How well do you understand the importance of regular exercise? Science tells us the benefits of consistent exercise are everything from improved immune function to a strong cardiovascular system to strong bones. But, if you’re like many other aging adults, you may struggle to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. In fact, research shows that only one-third of people between the ages of 65 and 74 are physically active, beyond performing daily household tasks.

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Do you sometimes feel worried or fearful of experiencing an unexpected fall? There are many people just like you who would agree that preventing falls and unwanted injuries as a result of a fall are very important for a better quality of life. Prevention has everything to do with educating yourself on the facts about falls – from major risk factors and long-term consequences to the best methods to improve your surroundings and overall health in the process. 

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Building a strong core is one of the most important actions you can take to improve your physical health and gain independence as you age. No matter your current level of fitness, you will always need a strong and flexible core to help support you through your everyday life. Increased core strength helps you move your entire body with ease and can also give you better balance and overall stability. 

The Anatomy of the Core

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Congratulations – you booked your first physical therapy appointment! You’re taking a big step to manage your daily aches and pains, get stronger, increase your mobility, and get your happy back. It is so important for you to have a better quality of life and continue to do all of the things that bring you joy.

Now that you’ve made the call to your physical therapist’s office to set your appointment, you’re probably wondering, “How do I prepare for the … Read more

As we age, the importance of staying physically active grows even more in order to accomplish the goal of maintaining a good quality of life. Conditions like arthritis, illness or chronic aches and pains can decrease your desire to exercise on a regular basis. Or you may want to exercise but feel you simply don’t have time. But it doesn’t have to be that way – staying active and working your muscles regularly helps you enjoy your senior years and … Read more

Science tells us that once we approach our third decade in life, we begin to lose one percent of muscle mass with every passing year. The elasticity of muscles also decreases with age, thus causing muscles and joints to become stiff. For that reason, many seniors incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily regimen to prevent upper body muscle loss by promoting protein synthesis in the cell membrane. 

The elderly need strength training more and more as they grow … Read more

Injuries caused by accidental falls are a major health issue for seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of elderly injury and reports from an American Public Health Association study showed that about 20% of falls cause serious injuries such as a hip fracture or head trauma. Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries, which are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among persons aged … Read more