Keeping seniors active is a vital ingredient to helping them maintain their independence and good health.
That’s part of the goal each February, when National Senior Independence Month is celebrated. Educating seniors has helped more of them stay active and increased independence, but more is needed.
Some sobering statistics from the Administration on Aging illustrate that. For example, only 10 percent of Americans 65 and older meet the federal government’s guidelines for physical activity (150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise). More than 20 percent of women age 65 and over cannot walk two blocks, and 15 percent of men can’t do it.
Staying active helps reduce the risk of falls, which can have a devastating effect on seniors. One in three people age 65 or over will suffer a fall this year, so balance exercises are especially important.
Exercises can be as simple as walking regularly, lifting a small amount of weight (less than 10 pounds), or even squatting into a chair. Liberty staff members can help those receiving home care to initiate exercises through physical therapy. One way to get things started is through an in-home assessment done by Liberty staff. That assessment can help determine the proper treatment and whether a loved one may be a candidate for physical therapy.
If physical therapy is deemed to be an appropriate treatment, a Liberty physical therapist can create exercises appropriate for each individual patient.
Keeping a senior mobile is a vital part of maintaining their everyday health. Contact Liberty if we can help you or a loved one get started.