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National Council on Aging Annual Conference in Chicago next week

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

We are excitedly gearing up for the presentation at National Council on Aging National Conference in Chicago next week.

If you are a health professional, personal trainer, or physical therapist you can earn 1 CEU on a very important yet often ignored subject- the importance of posture.

If you plan on being at the conference, we would love to see you at this free, informative workshop.

Misconceptions About Aging: Is It Aging, Immobility or Posture?
Tue, 3/16: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday Afternoon 1

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Room: Dusable (West Tower, Silver level, 3rd floor)
CEU Credits: 1

There is a common misconception that loss of balance, stiffness, slowed reactions, and hip or knee replacements are normal in the aging process. More often they come from practiced postural imbalances, injury compensations, repetitive motion/overuse injuries, and trauma, and they are coming earlier in life and in epidemic proportions. This workshop will explore how we can implement better behavioral practices.


- Define the three major differences between normal aging, immobility of joints, and poor postural habits.

- Understand and name the current health epidemics in the USA.

- Four issues of living and growing old in the USA vs. other countries/cultures.

Hope to see you there,


Physical Therapy vs. Regular Exercise

Monday, March 08, 2010

This is an inspiring story, but also a little scary. We recently had a student join our Stronger Seniors class at the Center for Life and Learning at 4th Presbyterian Church.

She is a breast cancer survivor, and having difficulty with her shoulders (lymph nodes had been removed.) She had gone to a Physical Therapist prescribed by Medicare. Hereís the scary part- due to the limiting nature of Medicare, therapists are only allowed to work on the injured joints, in this case the right and left shoulders.

The human body is connected in a very complex but natural way, so only working on one part does not work. In fact the pain worsened. Her range of motion in that area DECREASED. Hereís the inspiring part.

She started coming to our Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise classes. After just four sessions, her conditioned improved. It was incredible but not too unusual. She came up to me after her fourth class and asked if she could hug me. She said she wanted to hug me simply because she could finally raise her arms high enough for a hug!

I was floored. Itís too bad that in this case Medicare couldnít improve the quality of my studentís life. I am so grateful she was able to find therapy through exercise.

Click here for more info on the Center for Life and Learning in Chicago.

Stay strong,


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHY4ME 10/6/2010 1:03PM

    Again so right, here in Canada it is the same, if you are on wokers comp etc. they can only work on that referred area. Hence my shoulder pain has gone unworked due to a note that said back pain. Ie same with my knees and my hips. argh
I have to send your page to a friend in the US who works with seniors. Thanks

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TKD_1D 3/8/2010 11:44PM

    this is very sad, and very heart warming as well...i am so glad she found you and was able to get what else she needed...i am younger, but also on medicare due to a physical disability...i have to look in other areas as well to get myself stronger...i have a couple of auto immune disorders and need constant therapy and just is not enough and does not always target what i need...a big recomendation i would have would be water exorcise...swimming, water aerobics, anything in the water...good luck to your friend and keep up with your classes!! emoticon

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