Category Archive: Exercise and Age

Oct
07

Only smokers die earlier and at higher rates than couch potatoes!

A recent study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that only smokers died early at higher rates than couch potatoes! The study was the longest of its kind as researchers followed approximately 800 men for 50 years and concluded with this powerful message: poor physical fitness may be almost as bad for you …

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Jun
24

Control Menopause through Exercise!

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), 1.5 million American women reach menopause each year. The median age is 52, but some women will reach menopause as early as 40 or as late as 58. Recent research revealed that menopausal women who engaged in three hours of exercise per week for one full year …

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Feb
25

Research Shows Exercise Keeps Your Heart Young!

New Research It is a well established fact in the medical literature that the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are numerous, from reducing blood pressure to lowering the risk of falls. However, a study recently conducted in the Human Performance Lab at Ball State University and published in The Journal of Applied Physiology …

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Mar
26

Certain types of exercise may have anti-aging properties

NEW RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES CERTAIN TYPES OF EXERCISE MAY HAVE ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES This column is dedicated to my friend and mentor, Dr. Gino Mori, who sent me this research study as a contribution to my column to raise the level of awareness and improve the health and wellness of the people of NEPA. Dr. Gino, who …

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Apr
03

Never too old to exercise: Part 2 of 2

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You Are Never Too Old To Exercise: Part 2 of 2 You are never too old to exercise! This is the second of two columns dedicated to appropriate exercise for the elderly. Last week I discussed basic strengthening exercises. This column will address three additional components necessary for independence in the elderly: flexibility, balance and …

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Mar
27

Never too old to exercise – Part 1 of 2

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You Are Never Too Old To Exercise! PART 1 OF 2 You are never too old to exercise! A reader who described herself as “elderly” asked me if she was too old to exercise. Without knowing her age, I replied that she was not. I did qualify my response with the fact that exercise must …

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May
30

Exercises You Should Avoid if You’re Over 50! Part 2 of 2

PART 2 of 2: SAVE YOUR JOINTS! Exercises You Should Avoid if You’re Over 50! Why Change is Necessary with Age For many years, I have repeatedly preached about the value of engaging in an active lifestyle throughout life. It is especially important to be active as one gets older in order to maintain mobility …

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May
23

Exercises You Should Avoid if You’re Over 50! Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2: SAVE YOUR JOINTS! Exercises You Should Avoid if You’re Over 50! Why Change is Necessary with Age… For many years, I have repeatedly preached about the value of engaging in an active lifestyle throughout life. It is especially important to be active as one gets older in order to maintain mobility …

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Mar
14

Exercise to Improve Brain Health

New Research It is a well established fact in the medical literature that the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are numerous, from reducing blood pressure to lowering the risk of falls. (SEE “LIST A” BELOW) However, a study recently published in the Journal of Physiology reports that aerobic exercise may improve brain health and …

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Mar
16

Control Menopause Symptoms Through Exercise

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), 1.5 million American women reach menopause each year. The median age is 52, but some women will reach menopause as early as 40 or as late as 58. Recent research revealed that menopausal women who engaged in three hours of exercise per week for one full year …

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Jul
25

Make your Pool a Summer Health Spa

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Enjoy the recent heat wave by getting in the pool! Each summer in Northeastern Pennsylvania people open their pools for fun in the sun. However, this summer I urge you to look at your pleasure puddle in different light…a health spa! It may very well be the exercise of choice for many people. Many have …

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Dec
27

New Year’s Reflections by Guest Contributor Rabbi Joe

A few weeks ago, while sitting on an exercise ball, attempting to strengthen his core, I asked “Rabbi Joe” Mendelsohn, of Temple Israel in Scranton, if would like to participate in this column by sharing some reflections for the New Year.

Dec
20

Healthy Holiday Resolutions for Seniors

According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), seniors are considered those 50 years old and older. I will never forget how humbled I felt when I received my application to join AARP two years ago. With this in mind, this year I offer healthy holiday resolution for seniors.

Oct
18

Osteoporosis Prevention With Exercise at Home: Part 2 of 2

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While there is no cure for osteoporosis, being proactive can prevent, slow or stop the progression of this disease. As discussed in last week’s column, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol use, a well – balanced diet – rich in calcium and vitamin D, and weight –bearing exercises – such as walking and weight training are essential in the prevention and treatment of this disease. 


Oct
17

Osteoporosis Prevention: Part 1 of 2

One topic that is constantly resurfacing for physical therapists is osteoporosis. This week’s column will review the definition, cause and prevention. Next week, I will present the 10 best exercises to prevent osteoporosis. 


Aug
02

Spend Time Outdoors–It’s Good For You!

It is reported that Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors and that number increases with age. The truth of the matter is the risk of being one with nature is far less than the ill effects of a life stuck indoors. Please consider the following benefits of spending time outdoors.

Jul
19

Dehydration and the Elderly – Part 3 of 3 – Prevent Dehydration

Because of the possibility of the life-threatening, and at best life-altering, consequences of dehydration, prevention is best defense against dehydration. Consider some of the following practical tips to promote optimal hydration.

Jul
05

Dehydration and the Elderly – Part 1 of 3

Summer heat is here and the risk of dehydration continues for one specific group, the elderly. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the many reasons why elders suffer from dehydration not only in the summer heat, but year round.

Mar
29

Maintaining Mobility Just Got Easier!

Walking is essential for our physical and emotional well-being, preventing blood clots, pneumonia and depression. Now, thanks to new technology, a computerized walking assistance device may be the answer for many who are too weak to walk and climb stairs independently, yet too strong and determined not to try.

Feb
22

Blood Clots: Prevention through Exercise. Part 2

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, OCS The ability of the blood to clot to close and heal a wound is something most of us take for granted. However, when this system is not working properly, serious health problems can occur. Fortunately, it is treatable and preventable in most cases. There is good news for those …

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Feb
18

Blood Clots: Insidious, Dangerous, but Preventable with Exercise. Part 1 of 3

The ability of the blood to clot to close and heal a wound is something most of us take for granted. However, when this system is not working properly, serious health problems occur. Fortunately, it is treatable and preventable in most cases. This week will be dedicated to the definition and cause of blood clots.

Feb
02

Weight Training in Adolescents

On a very frequent basis, parents of young athletes ask when it is safe for their children to participate in weight training.

Jan
11

Amen for 2010! Begin a Healthy Lifestyle!

Physical activity is one of the most important factors in improving a lifestyle in a positive way. A minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days per week can greatly contribute to longevity. Make 2010 your year to adopt a healthy lifestyle!

Oct
26

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy!

This column will address a question that is frequently asked by people of all ages and activity levels…stretching.

Oct
19

October is National Physical Therapy Month: Keep on Moving!

In honor of physical therapy month, I would like to share a story about a friend of mine who has multiple sclerosis (MS).

Oct
13

Steamtown Marathon III of III: Long Distance Running May Not Accelerate Knee Joint Arthritis

Last year an article in Skeletal Radiology received significant attention for disproving “current wisdom” about running and knee arthritis. Researchers from Austria used MRI imaging to examine the knees of participants before the 1997 Vienna Marathon. Ten years later, runners received an MRI before the 2007 race. Scans of those participating in both races were compared for changes. The results were very surprising.

Sep
21

Knee Arthritis in Athletes: Part II of II

Last week I attempted to answer an email from Don Loftus, a teacher a Scranton Prep and former athlete who suffers from arthritis in his knees. This week will discuss the treatment options available to former athletes and others for the management of knee arthritis.

Sep
14

Knee Arthritis in Athletes: Part I of II

All joints suffer from wear and tear over time. Weight-bearing joints such as the hip, knee and ankle, tend to wear out faster than others. Moreover, trauma, from sports, overuse, occupation, or accidents, will expedite this process. This form of arthritis is called, osteoarthritis.

Aug
03

Total Ankle Replacement: Part II of II on the Ankle

Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.

Jul
27

Arthritis of Ankle: Part I of II on the Ankle

I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors often tell me activities that require prolonged walking is limited by ankle pain from arthritis. They often ask, “What is arthritis of the ankle?” How does it happen? What can I do about it?

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