Successful Aging Happy Valley & Sandy, OR

Successful Aging

If you have ever heard or said:
“Once you hit 30…”
“Oh, it’s just an old injury…”
“I’m just getting older…”
“The aches and pains of getting older…”

One thing that we hear is that we have to slow down and give up the things that we love doing just because we are getting older. As we age, it is true that recovery time slows and this is in part due to the fact that the rate that we make new cells slows down. This does not mean you need to get weaker or give up the things you love. After all, we have now had a person over the age of 100 run a marathon and skiers are on the slopes after total knee replacement and total hip replacements. Careful planning of exercise may not literally keep you young but it will keep you feeling young. The best way to rehab an injury as we age is not have it in the first place, which is why the exercise programs that we help design for our patients always consider their age, goals and how to best prevent common injuries based on your activities and medical history.

Fall risk is a consideration for everyone and more so every year. There are simple steps you can take to reduce your fall risk by adding simple strength and balance based exercises. Physical Therapy brings an evidence-based approach to assessing what specific activities will benefit you the most. We can also help plan successful management of the increased fall risks associated with diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and diabetes (type I and type II). Most people can have these assessments covered by their insurance.

There are many programs designed for seniors from water aerobics, yoga, silver sneakers and good old fashioned weight training. We have experience at helping people adapt nearly any sport to the specific needs that you have and with careful consideration. We also are able to take the sports you love and turn them into rehab. If you want to know not only how to get back to the sports that you love but how to turn your sport into rehab, contact us at Happy Valley & Sandy, OR centers.