This program is for the client who has poor mobility and gait; shuffles feet while walking; takes small steps while walking; trips while walking; and has difficulty lifting the leg up into a car or tub. The benefits of this program include: improves mobility, gait, stance, and step height; improves ability to pick up one's feet while walking, thereby reducing tripping and falling; improves lower-body strength; improves circulation; improves balance; improves transferring out of a chair; and increases social participation secondary to increased confidence and decrease fear of falling. The package includes: warm up exercises; text of exercises; cool down exercises; safety tips benefits; frequency guidelines; and equipment needed.
I have always loved working with seniors right from the beginning of my professional career as a physical therapist 42 years ago and I have been teachin seniors how to move ever since. I graduated from USC with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy and then went back to USC for my Masters in Physical Therapy. However, my real education started in the clinical setting. I love the courage, spirit, tenacity, and independence of the senior nature, and your commitment to improve once facing a health problem. I think the very difficult times that you have lived through taught you something that no school could teach - how to fight and survive, even sometimes when you do not want to fight. Seniors just want one thing: to stay healthy in order to stay independent. When a health crisis does come, there is no other group of people who work as hard as seniors just to get better. Along the way I always hear a joke or a story, get a smile, and watch the senior encourage their fellow senior to keep working harder. Thank you for coming along on this journey. Let's get started! PT Sue
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