Older Adults

As we get older, many changes occur in the body, Some of these include:

  • Muscles reduce in mass and strength
  • Exercise capacity reduces
  • Hand strength reduces
  • Reduction in balance
  • In women, the menopause occurs between the ages of 45-55 which brings a number of symptoms due to reduction in oestrogen levels. For more information on the menopause please click here.
  • The incidence of osteoarthritis rises
  • Cognitive Impairment – which is a normal effect of aging and can vary.
  • Dementia
  • Risk of osteoporosis and fractures

These changes can lead to:

  • Frailty: Which is a syndrome that is associated with low energy, slow walking speed and poor strength
  • A reduction in the ability to do everyday activities such as washing, dressing, cooking
  • A reduction in mobility indoors, outdoors, with steps and stairs
  • Falls

Ways Physiotherapy can help the older adult:

  • Completing a falls assessment and management plan
  • Completing a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment which looks at:
Taken from the British Geriatric Society
  • We can look at your home environment and find ways of making activities easier
  • A review of your mobility
  • A personalise exercise programme to assess your specific problems
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