Mobility limitations are a warning for functional decline in seniors, and according to new research, exercise and physical therapy can help.
In a study done by the University of Alabama, the first way to preserve mobility for long-term care residents is through an exercise program developed by a physical therapist. A study done between 1985 and 2012 regarding mobility issues in the general aging population was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It has been known that exercise in general helps mobility among senior citizens. The study also concluded that seniors that received a “gift” of a mobility device such as a walker are more likely to keep exercising than those that do not. It is important the walker is in good shape with good friction, not worn and that the device is the correct height. That way the walker does not contribute to an additional injury.
Physical Therapy is critical to increase mobility in the aging and is one of the most important thing you can do to stay on your feet! So the key message is to embrace physical therapy and exercise and it will help you stay active as you grow older.