Aging: Will Rehab Help?

By: Audrey Miller MSW, RSW, CCRC, CCLCP
Solutions Magazine Summer 2004

There is no right or wrong way to approach aging. However, those who stay active, engaged and independent are generally happier, less of a worry for their families and more likely to maintain their quality of life.

Can rehab help an aging person maintain their independence? Yes! We commonly associate rehabilitation with injury; for instance, we think of the physiotherapy someone receives after fracturing a limb to improve the strength and mobility of the limb. However, the goal of all rehabilitation, which is to maintain or maximize function, can also be applied to aging.

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