Geriatric Rehabilitation

October 14 2017 at 09:26 AM by Vamakshi Saklani


To age gracefully is a luxury, we feel, only a few have. Even if the mind is young, the body does not always cooperate. The elderly face such constant struggles of leading a life torn between worrying about their ailments and trying to live a happy, pain-free life. Geriatric rehabilitation is a wide set of treatments specialised to cure ailments of the elderly and ensure their functional independency. Such a rehabilitation program provides substantial and valuable assistance to the older population.

What is Geriatric Rehabilitation?

There are three broad categories of a geriatric rehabilitation program, namely,

  • Cardiovascular problems like strokes and vascular diseases
  • Skeletal issues of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis conditions involving knee and hip replacements
  • Deconditioning and general aging

Apart from the above mentioned medical conditions there are a host of other common conditions generally found in older people, which are attended to in a geriatric rehabilitation program. Sensory impairments are one of the most vital conditions which are treated so as to prevent falls and improve reaction time and reflexes. Dealing with cognitive impairments, depression and malnutrition are also few of the necessities the program takes care of. Some of the common conditions treated under a typical geriatric rehabilitation programinclude –

  • Arthritis
  • Balance and coordination
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Cognitive impairments and dementia
  • Depression
  • Incontinence
  • Joint replacement
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Vision disorders

The rehabilitation involves services to significantly reduce the effects of the above mentioned health issuesfaced by old people. A large part of which comprises of the following –

  • Physiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Psychology

Geriatric physical therapy alone covers a wide range of problem areas in the elderly and enhances their functional mobility and balance, builds strength, boosts confidence in their physical abilities, and nonetheless, helps them remain active over the years.

Why Do We Need It?

The geriatrics form an integral part of any country’s economy and contribute to the society in many unexpected and unaccounted ways. A studywas conducted, known as the “Marigold effect” which concluded that 8 out of every 10 mature workers wanted to help and mentor the younger workers. In USA, people in the age group of 45-64 launch new companies at almost twice the rate of those in the age group of 20-34.

The unaccounted yet very important contribution of these elderly is to take care of their grandchildren while their children are out for jobs. They run small errands and destress and improve the overall living environment of their working children, owing to which the working population is able to work with full efficiency. Thus, such rehabilitation programs aimed at providing life support to the older population are rewarding investments for our generation.

To age gracefully is a luxury, we feel, only a few have. Even if the mind is young, the body does not always cooperate. The elderly face such constant struggles of leading a life torn between worrying about their ailments and trying to live a happy, pain-free life. Geriatric rehabilitation is a wide set of treatments specialised to cure ailments of the elderly and ensure their functional independency. Such a rehabilitation program provides substantial and valuable assistance to the older population. What is Geriatric Rehabilitation? There are three broad categories of a geriatric rehabilitation program, namely, Cardiovascular problems like strokes and vascular diseases Skeletal issues of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis conditions involving knee and hip replacements Deconditioning and general aging Apart from the above mentioned medical conditions there are a host of other common conditions generally found in older people, which are attended to in a geriatric rehabilitation program. Sensory impairments are one of the most vital conditions which are treated so as to prevent falls and improve reaction time and reflexes. Dealing with cognitive impairments, depression and malnutrition are also few of the necessities the program takes care of. Some of the common conditions treated under a typical geriatric rehabilitation programinclude – Arthritis Balance and coordination Cardiac disorders Cognitive impairments and dementia Depression Incontinence Joint replacement Osteoporosis Parkinson’s disease Swallowing disorders Vision disorders The rehabilitation involves services to significantly reduce the effects of the above mentioned health issuesfaced by old people. A large part of which comprises of the following – Physiatry Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Rehabilitation Psychology Geriatric physical therapy alone covers a wide range of problem areas in the elderly and enhances their functional mobility and balance, builds strength, boosts confidence in their physical abilities, and nonetheless, helps them remain active over the years. Why Do We Need It? The geriatrics form an integral part of any country’s economy and contribute to the society in many unexpected and unaccounted ways. A studywas conducted, known as the “Marigold effect” which concluded that 8 out of every 10 mature workers wanted to help and mentor the younger workers. In USA, people in the age group of 45-64 launch new companies at almost twice the rate of those in the age group of 20-34. The unaccounted yet very important contribution of these elderly is to take care of their grandchildren while their children are out for jobs. They run small errands and destress and improve the overall living environment of their working children, owing to which the working population is able to work with full efficiency. Thus, such rehabilitation programs aimed at providing life support to the older population are rewarding investments for our generation.


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