Geriatric Specialists are at the forefront of keeping the country’s aging population healthy and moving. As we age, there are many significant changes that occur related to how our bodies work. These range from more obvious things like decreased strength, decreased flexibility, and decreased balance to the less obvious mental alertness and memory loss. These types of changes are occurring due to the many physiological changes that are happening at the cell biology level. The result is that older people react differently to exercise and an injury. As a result, it is important that any care plan for preventing or managing an injury have a deep understanding of the changes seniors are going through so that the program can work synergisticly with the body to get the best results. Geriatric Specialists have an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary systems, and the cognitive changes that need to be managed as part of the aging process. Our specialists stay up-to-date on the latest “evidence-based” research protocols so that our patients can receive the most effective treatments for their situations.
A Certified Geriatric Specialist can help elderly patients achieve or maintain high levels of physical health as they age by focusing on ailments such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Decreased Mobility
- Independent Living Challenges
- Fall Risk
Each patient is evaluated, and an evidence-based custom activity/exercise plan is developed that will allow patients to remain as physically fit and active as possible. The Patients progress is monitored and changes to the plan are made as needed to improve effectiveness. In addition, Geriatric Specialists promote successful aging by providing information on wellness, impairment, disease, disability, and health risks related to age, gender, culture, lifestyle and community programs like SAIL.
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