Physical therapists play an important role in the concept of total care because they support the concept of making and keeping patients as healthy as possible. This is particularly true with senior citizens and their goal to age gracefully.


Every medical professional should jump in and support the move against dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. One way to keep the brain young is physical activity. A recent three-year study tracked the activity of 6,400 people aged 65 years and older while assessing their cognitive abilities while performing tasks. It was found that participants in moderate to vigorous physical activity levels were far less likely to have cognitive problems than participants who did light or physical activity.

Areas where PTs contribute most include treatment for low back pain and guidance from PTs before a patient has back surgery. Even if a senior citizen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the therapist has the skill and desire to prepare an individualized exercise program that will enhance the opportunity of independence and meaningful activity for a longer period of activity.

Exercise is a key to growing stronger and healthier instead of being weak and lethargic. PTs change the mindset of the golden years by showing how to trade pills and pain for mobility through pain management techniques. Imagine the joy of finding out the quality of life really can improve by applying yourself to a professional plan. For example, progressive resistance training helps prevent frailty.

Diabetes is out of control in the United States, largely due to obesity and not enough exercise. It affects one of every four Americans aged 60 years and over. An exercise plan helps prevent or manage the disease.

Physical activity reduces or ends bladder leakage. It’s an inconvenient requirement, but certainly more intriguing than trying every adult diaper on the market. Just talk to your physical therapist about exercises to regain control of your system.

Neither a doctor, physical therapist or any other member of a patient care team wants their charges to fall. Improved balance and movement lower the risk of falling, which in turn reduces the chance of broken bones and hip fractures. Ask about PT-led and designed group-based exercise classes in your Colorado area or the area where you live. Jogging, walking, and dancing reduce bone loss and improve bone strength.

The right activity prevents cardiovascular disease and improves your condition if you’ve been diagnosed with it. Talk with your health team to find out how to make your health and life better through exercise.