Adjustment exercises can help older adults increase their independence – Press Enterprise

By Dr. Jason Koh,

Contributing Writer

Being a board certified physiatrist, I often work with the 55+ population, and whether it’s the result of illness, injury, or just the product of aging, the most important thing I hear from this group when it comes to goals. . and the result is: “I want to maintain my independence.”

And I fully understand it!

Jason Koh, DO, co-medical director, MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institution. (Courtesy of Long Beach Medical Center)

Starting to feel like you are losing your independence when your family suggests that you move to an assisted living facility, or go with them, can be difficult to listen to and accept. We must all also understand that, eventually, we will have to accept that reality. However, there are things you can do today to try to maintain and maintain your independence for as long as possible, namely exercise.

Some of my patients are very supportive and even regulated regarding their exercise and often do low-impact exercises to help keep them moving. Many of my patients tend to groan a bit when I bring up the subject of exercise. But what I want everyone to know is that there is a right type of exercise for you that can be tailored to your needs. I’m not asking anyone to join a gym and start bench pressing 100 pounds. Just a few simple adaptive exercises and / or regular physical activity can help you lead a longer, healthier, and more independent life.

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