Training Program Lowers Mortality, Increases Independence in Elderly
A recent study has shown that seniors who met with occupational and physical
therapists in a structured program were able to stay independent longer. They
lived longer as well.
In the study, 319 men and women 70 and older had four 90-minute visits and
one telephone interview with and occupational therapist and a 90-minute visit
with a physical therapist. The therapists would work with the seniors to identify
and solve problems for the concerns they had about their daily routines. Seniors
learned strategies for energy conservation and modifications to make their
At the end of the study and at follow up, study participants had an easier
time with activities of daily living, such as dressing and going to the bathroom,
and they were less afraid of falling. At follow-up, one percent of the people
in the study group died, while 10 percent who received no treatment died.
If you've been having a little trouble lately getting through the day, be
sure to seek out the help of a professional. These trained individuals can
see things about your situation that you are not able to see, and they have
a unique perspective about solutions that can make your day-to-day life easier.
The New England Journal of Medicine, 2 June 2005