BLOG: Isolation & Reduced Activity Health Risks for Seniors
Throughout the health crisis, older adults have followed national health expert’s advice to stay home and socially distance. While social distancing has certainly been necessary, limited social interactions and lack of physical activity have created new health challenges for older adults. Staying indoors and isolated from family and friends, may leave you feeling lonely, depressed, and anxious. Also, many adults have greatly reduced their level of physical activity triggering issues with mobility, balance, and overall strength. Some people may not realize this can also impact your lung function, functional independence, and overall quality of life.
How Can Outpatient Therapy Help you?
As experts in movement and functional activity analysis, physical and occupational therapists play an important role in helping individuals who are at risk of functional decline. From strength training that aims to restore lost muscle strength to balance training that can greatly reduce your fall risk, our goal is to proactively address challenges you may be facing to ensure you maintain an independent and active lifestyle.
If you answer “YES” to any of the below questions, talk with your doctor about a prescription for outpatient therapy.
- Is pain affecting your daily activities?
- Have you recently fallen?
- Are you unable to walk your usual distances?
- Do you have difficulty getting out of bed?
- Are you out of breath quicker when walking?
- Do you have weakness that’s affecting your daily activities?
- Have you noticed weight gain or loss?
- Are you having difficulty with bathing, dressing, toileting, or preparing meals?
- Are you recovering from COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing memory issues or difficulty focusing?