Physical Therapy will focus on patient specific goals. Individualized treatments will help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase strength and improve fitness levels and increase confidence with walking. Geriatric conditions treated with physical therapy will include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fractures, pneumonia, general weakness due to illness, cancer related illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries, overweight and obesity, fall risk and gait training, neurologic disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and vestibular or balance disorders.
With age comes changes in speech, language, swallowing and memory. Also, some diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s or dementia can cause disorders related to these tasks. A speech language pathologist (SLP) can play an important role in addressing changes whether related to the normal aging process or disorders related to disease. Conditions treated by Speech Therapy include Aphasia, Dementia, Swallowing problems or difficulty with communication.
Occupational therapy for seniors is a mode of treatment that is designed to help individuals live a more productive and independent life. This form of therapy focuses primarily on improving day to day life skills that ultimately allow one to enjoy a better quality of living. Many elderly patients receiving OT suffer from dementia, have fallen or have suffered an injury. OT addresses an array of issues including cognitive disorders, developmental disabilities, motor control issues, memory loss as well as behavioral and emotional problems. They assist patients with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, daily hygiene, walking, cleaning, etc.