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Exercise Improves Function, Quality of Life in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Simple movements required for daily living and physical balance can be challenging for people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study suggests a physical therapist-led exercise program may help improve patients’ balance, ability to move and quality of life. In some cases, regular exercise can lessen falls, which is a big problem for people suffering […]

Even Slight, Relatively Inexpensive Home Modifications can Protect People from Falls

Researchers testing the safety benefits of relatively inexpensive and simple home modifications found the modifications went a long way in preventing falls and injuries related to those falls. Those modifications included; adding handrails on outside steps and stairs inside the house; bathroom grab bars; outside lighting; outside slip-resistant step edging; slip-resistant surfaces on outdoor […]

Having a Physical Therapy Evaluation among the Steps for Healthy Aging, according to Consumer Reports

The article “Healthy aging into your 80s and beyond: 5 keys to a long, healthful life,” published May 2014 in Consumer Reports, offers important strategies that can help people older than 50 stay healthy into old age. Here are key recommendations from that piece.

Successful aging requires smart planning, calculated decision making and […]

Exercise Programs for Older Adults Prevent Injuries from Falls

A well-designed exercise program not only prevents falls among older adults, but also prevents injuries associated with falls, according to a new review of studies published October 29, 2013 on bmj.com.

Researchers analyzed results of a collection of studies on fall-prevention exercise programs and found those programs are associated with a notably lower risk […]