Geriatric physical therapy is a form of physical therapy specifically geared toward older adults and their unique issues and challenges for ADLs
Geriatric physical therapy is a type of physical therapy that is tailored to the needs and challenges of older people. Geriatric physical therapy considers the fact that as people age, they become less active, lose muscle strength, coordination, and response time, and have a lesser tolerance for physical exertion.
Geriatric physical therapy differs from other types of physical therapy in that it focuses on increasing strength and endurance in older persons in order to assist them in the following ways:
- Staying active
- Avoiding deconditioning (reversal of earlier conditioning)
- Avoiding muscle atrophy (muscle wasting)
- Reducing the risk of falls and related injuries
- Maintaining independence in daily activities
What are the benefits of geriatric physical therapy for older people?
Geriatric physical therapy helps seniors restore the muscle strength, balance, and coordination they need to improve their walking ability, overall mobility and level of functioning, and independence so they can carry out daily duties.