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Aging and the Physical Therapist: Helping Your Patients Stay Fit at 50 and Beyond

To promote healthy aging, APTA is launching its "Fit After 50" Move Forward campaign to educate the public about the important role physical therapists play in helping people ages 50 and older remain active, fit, and mobile.

The campaign will launch October 1, at the start of National Physical Therapy Month, with “50 Days, 50 Ways,” a daily series of 50 tips for Baby Boomers from APTA member physical therapists on how to prevent injury and maintain mobility by staying active and fit. The tips will be published via Twitter and Facebook, and on the consumer information page at www.moveforwardpt.com/FitAfter50. To encourage the public to share these tips with their social networks, APTA will give away prizes throughout "50 Days, 50 Ways."

As a Baby Boomer who understands how healthy aging can improve quality of life, I am really excited about the launch of Fit After 50. Our goal with this campaign is to educate people about the importance of staying fit as they age to achieve long-term quality of life. Physical therapists can help people remain active and fit by providing individualized fitness programs that improve balance, increase mobility, and reduce the risk of injury.

APTA also will launch its "Fit After 50 Member Challenge" to allow APTA members to nominate member colleagues ages 50 and older who are committed to being fit, active, and mobile as they age. From March 1, 2013, through April 5, 2013, APTA members and the public can vote for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place favorites on www.moveforwardpt.com. Winners will be announced at APTA's Conference & Exposition in 2013.

In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, I hope you will join us in celebrating and promoting the important work that physical therapists do to help people restore and maintain health as they age. You can learn more about the Fit After 50 campaign in this video. As always, please feel free to post your thoughts about the topics covered on this blog.

  • Posted by Paul Rockar at 4:59 PM
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Comments

This is a great idea, and I really appreciate you posting this, since I hadn't heard of this campaign until now. I will be following it on Twitter to get the 50 tips!
Posted by Susan on 10/11/2012 11:03 AM
I wish I had known more about the possibilities as soon as I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. I had only one course of PT then. That knowledge might have made my recent fusion avoidable.
Posted by Margaret Fleming on 12/21/2012 9:11 PM
Great campaign! Please let me know if PrimeWellness might be able to help in any way.
Posted by Blake on 1/4/2013 9:07 AM
i want all physical therapists to know what a difference you make in people's lives. my husband was left nearly paralyzed by a primary brain lymphoma. A year later, with intensive physical therapy at Carle Foundation hospital, he is able to walk again. the problem so many people with have with medicare-supplied walkers is their limited options with walking. We found a new all terrain walker that enables him to go just about anywhere. you can see this on my website. http://www.balogh.com/trionic.htm
Posted by pamela balogh on 2/16/2013 8:14 AM
What a great idea! Hope to see how it turns out
Posted by jimmy on 5/17/2013 7:49 PM
sounds like a great idea, i hope to get my patients involved in something similar in the future
Posted by Tyler Newton -> AMP_AI on 5/17/2013 7:56 PM
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