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Our Seniors and the Pandemic: The Dangers of Lack of Activity

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in various ways. This is especially true for our most vulnerable populations, particularly senior citizens. To reduce the danger of exposure and transmission of the virus, many senior homes have been forced to close. Social distancing and business closures have caused our elderly to stay indoors and prevented them from participating in normal activities of daily living which were essential to keeping them active and functional. In short: they are sitting more and moving less. These changes have had detrimental effects on both physical and mental health.

Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle

When a person leads a sedentary lifestyle, many changes occur within their body. Metabolism slows down and the body’s ability to break down fat is reduced, causing weight gain. Their body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure is also impaired. Studies consistently show that a sedentary lifestyle is associated with increased risk for many conditions, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Certain Cancers

Over time, the damage caused by sitting too much begins with decreased flexibility and mobility, which can lead to much larger issues as we age. For example, decreased hip flexibility, a problem associated with sitting disease, is one of the most common factors in falls in the elderly. Add this to back pain, weak bones and muscles, and it’s clear that seniors—and people of all ages— have plenty of reasons to get up and get moving.

Telehealth: An Alternative Option for Care

Male therapist in telehealth physical therapy sessionA terrific option for you or a loved one facing concerns about deconditioning, loss of strength or any inability to fully perform daily activities with the ease they used to is telehealth. Telehealth utilizes the camera on your phone, iPad, or computer for a virtual visit with a physical therapist – no additional equipment needed! Through AccessAnywhere, our telehealth option, patients can be treated by a highly trained, licensed Physical Therapist remotely. No travel to the clinic, no unnecessary exposure to the elements, and no waiting rooms.

If you or a loved one are in a vulnerable population or have concerns about COVID-19 exposure, telehealth may be a perfect option! Telehealth allows you or your loved one to receive the benefits of expert physical therapy care from the comfort and safety of your own home. At ACCESS PT we can evaluate and treat your concerns with the permission of your physician. This technology-based service is covered by Medicare. Call (888) 989-3323 to schedule an appointment.