The example age demographics of physiotherapy | Life stages series |Age 70 +
Perhaps feeling your age?
We should note at the outset that any comments about the age group 70+ will naturally be a huge generalisation. There will be those in this age group who are struggling with their physical health, and there will be others who are running marathons or still climbing ladders with the agility of someone half their age. As at any stage of life, we are all different. However, the ageing process is going to kick in at some point, no matter how hard we try to keep it at bay.
Holistic treatment and wellbeing
Any therapist providing care will need to consider a different set of challenges that may affect this age group more than any other. Alongside musculoskeletal problems, which will be creeping in for most people, there could be other issues to bear in mind, such as neurological conditions, heart problems or mental impairment. It is important to take a holistic view of the patient’s overall health and wellbeing when developing a programme of treatment, as existing conditions may well affect what can and should be achieved. This can become quite complex if multiple issues are present, particularly if the patient is suffering from dementia or another form of debilitating mental condition. Sensitivity and understanding are vital to ensure that the patient is comfortable with any treatments, perhaps over a range of sessions.
How can physiotherapy help?
Retirement is likely to remain active, and maintaining mobility, independence and agility is usually paramount to most clients. Pain and discomfort can limit mobility if not addressed and can lead to inactivity which can be a dangerous spiral to be avoided. There are many gentle physio techniques that can be used to help with maintaining supple muscles, whilst also retaining strength in the skeletal frame. This aids movement and should curtail any loss of physical activity as ageing continues. Incidents, such as falls, can have a dramatic effect on confidence, and seeking prompt help can really be beneficial.
As age catches up with us all, there are many opportunities to keep fit and mobile, such as Pilates, along with a sensible daily exercise regime, and physiotherapy where required to keep your social diary looking busy. We would be happy to signpost you to other health professionals that can help, some of which have already been featured on this blog page.
Communication is key in this age range. Don’t wait for an ache or pain to hopefully disappear in a week or two. Seek qualified advice promptly to ensure that the next few years are some of the best.
Contact Life Made Simple Physiotherapy
We hope the final blog in this age-related series is helpful as 2022 moves forward. We hope you will see that thinking about your physiotherapy care is important and chatting through what you anticipate and expect is part of that process. Please do contact Life Made Simple Physiotherapy by email at Physio@lifemadesimple.co.uk , or by telephone on 07309 272 555 for your individual physiotherapy needs and care.