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Physical Therapy Blog
“At Hillcrest Physical Therapy, the safety of our clients is our top priority,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator. “And during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the need to get and stay healthy is doubly important for aging adults.”
Excercise has been shown to be one of the best ways to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise keeps the person moving, keeping their muscles active. Exercise is also much less invasive and has lower side effects than medications, making it one of the best options people with Parkinson’s
Kathy Ramaekers, an OTR/L and CHT at Hillcrest Physical Therapy who is also board certified in gerontology, says that one of the reasons she recommends Tai Chi to so many of her clients is because it can be adaptable for each client and their unique needs.
“We suggest doing a physical exam about once a year,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab at Hillcrest Rehab Services. “This provides a good picture for where the individual is physically and how we can help them keep their active lifestyle.”
“The people who achieve the most success in physical therapy and rehab are those who have a positive attitude,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab at Hillcrest Rehab Services.
Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab Development for Hillcrest Rehab Services, suggests seniors try these five exercises to help improve their balance.
“Generally speaking, a person’s risk of falling increases when they get older, but there are ways to vastly reduce this risk,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab for Hillcrest Rehab Services.
Spring gardening and yardwork provides several benefits for aging adults, including connecting with the beauty of nature, physical activity and growing nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Prehabilitation is a process that makes you stronger and more prepared for surgery.
Taking advantage of community volunteering opportunities can counter many of these effects of aging.
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