APTA Responds to The Boston Globe on Exercise for Seniors

March 10, 2010

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to your March 4 article, "Older clients spur a boomlet for exercise pros," by Nancy Shohet West.

A British Journal of Sports Medicine study found that regular exercise can slow or reverse the loss of aerobic fitness, thereby reversing biological age and prolonging independence.

Physical therapists understand the anatomical and physiological changes of aging. Rather than "trying different things" as mentioned by the personal trainer in your article, physical therapists integrate scientific evidence, clinical judgment, and assessment of the patient to develop a plan of care. Aerobic conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, gait, and muscle strength are included and pre-existing health conditions and medications are considered before making any exercise recommendations.

Physical therapists provide effective, affordable, and conservative care. In most states individuals can make an appointment with a physical therapist without a physician referral.

Your readers can learn more about physical therapists and how to find one by going to www.moveforwardpt.com.


R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD
American Physical Therapy Association