Physical Therapists Take Your Questions – LIVE – On Staying Fit for Life

American Physical Therapy Association to Host Live Online Event on Fitness as You Age

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 26, 2011 — According to the Pew Research Center, each day for the next 19 years about 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65, crossing the senior threshold. More than half of Boomers report feeling nine years younger than their chronological age – but their bodies know better.

The American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Move Forward campaign is hosting the Fit for Life Livestream event with Grandparents.com on May 16 at 3:00 pm, ET. During the live, online event, a panel of physical therapists will answer questions about staying fit as you age. Topics will include the importance of physical activity, what to expect in terms of age-related mobility, how physical therapists can tailor exercises for the individual and how to manage pain.

To ask your question, submit it via Facebook, Twitter or Livestream.com.  Save the date by accepting the Event Invitation on Facebook.

Physical therapists and APTA members Patrice Winter, PT, MPT, Richard Jackson, PT, OCS, and Kathy Oravetz, PT, GCS, will share their stories, give advice, and demonstrate proper techniques for exercise in response to questions submitted via Livestream, @MoveForwardPT on Twitter, or the Move Forward PT Facebook Page.  See how these physical therapists overcame mobility challenges over the years and how they have stayed physically active and fit.

"Getting older does not mean you can no longer move well and be fit," said Emilio J. Rouco, director of public relations for APTA. "Physical therapists restore and improve motion in people’s lives and can advise on how to adjust workout intensity and technique for a safe, customized workout. With a physical therapist’s guidance, this can be the fittest time in your life."

As a partner in the Fit for Life Livestream event, Grandparents.com is offering all attendees a one-year free membership to the Grandparents.com Benefits Club. The code word to join free will be revealed live during the event.

"The Boomer generation is changing the way people age, and they’re taking steps to stay active longer," said Jeffrey Mahl, president of Grandparents.com. "The Fit for Life Livestream is going to help our readers and Benefits Club members continue to live vibrant lives."

About APTA
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 77,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

About Grandparents.com
Grandparents.com is the No. 1 Web destination for things to do with grandparents and parents and the No. 3 Web site overall for seniors, Boomers, and grandparents, following the US Government and AARP. It is dedicated to enhancing the lives of America's 70 million grandparents by fostering family connections, including child- and grandparent-friendly activities, travel ideas, compelling lifestyle features, expert advice, gift ideas, recipes, and more. For online discussion or discounts, visit www.grandparents.com.

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