Age Related Decline
As we all age, we begin to lose function of our bodies. Our muscles and bones begin to naturally weaken, which in turn leads to dependency, hospitalization, or even disability. Functional decline in general can leave patients with a significantly decreased quality of life, but exercise can help slow down and even reverse the process, in some situations.
The number of elderly patients with function-related health issues is growing across the United States. Because of this, it is important for medical professionals to understand the links between functional limitation, disability, and illness. It is our responsibility to develop new and effective methods of treatment that will allow elderly patients to maintain their function for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” form of treatment for this type of physical roadblock. There are several health conditions that can lead to functional decline, including obesity, sarcopenia, cognitive decline, and chronic pain. While medical treatments for pausing decline are still being researched, exercise has been proven successful in slowing decline in the elderly.
How does exercise help with functional decline?
Exercise can benefit patients of all ages, as it is linked to improved health, wellness, and longevity. However, recent studies have indicated that exercise becomes significantly more important once patients age past 65.
Using exercise as a way to prevent the rate of functional decline in the elderly addresses several concerns. This includes the deterioration of muscles, chronic diseases, balance disorders, and cognitive decline.
Fitness For Health is great for aging:
If you or a loved one are feeling the effects of aging and/or suffering from functional decline, refer them to Fitness For Health today. Our treatment plans are individualized, based on the needs of each specific client, in order to help them relieve pain, improve function, and reclaim their independence. Our staff works closely with you and your family, in order to address any health concerns and help them achieve their physical goals. With our advanced practices and experience, we can help significantly slow your patients’ functional decline and help improve their overall quality of life.