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Physical Rehabilitation for Seniors

Following emergency surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to remove blood clots in his legs, Alvin Nigrosh came to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center to regain his strength and get back on his feet again with physical rehabilitation. He worked closely with our doctors and physical therapists to get moving. Before his surgery, Alvin was very physically active so getting up and moving again was a goal he took seriously! With the encouragement of our specialists, Alvin was able to recover from his surgery and walk blood-clot (and pain) free.

It’s that kind of supervised care that we offer to all senior members of the community, not just those recovering from an injury or surgical procedure. As part of the Get Up and Go Program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, anyone in the community age 60 can use an affordable gym under the supervision of trained professionals.

There’s not just a physical benefit of an exercise program, there is a strong social and psychological aspect as well. We know exercise is very important for decreasing depression, insomnia and loneliness among seniors. Exercising communally is a great way to be among peers and increase health.

As Alvin puts it so nicely in the video below, “Everyone should do something that makes them feel alive, and when you feel alive, you get better.”

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Project Director / Program Manager STEP-HI Study, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Evelyn O’Neill is the Project Director / Program Manager STEP-HI Study at HSL's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. With a BS in Education and 30 years of long-term care experience working with frail elders, she has been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the last 25 years. She has been the lead interventionist on all of the landmark exercise trials carried out by Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh and colleges at HRC, including the NIH-funded multi-center exercise trials FICSIT, ROYBAL, and HEAL. She was part of the team that developed the Fit For Your Life...

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Two years ago I was diagnosed with prediabetis. Shortly after that I was playing softball at our church picnic. I twisted my ankle and fell. They took me to the hospital and the xrays showed my leg was broken. Today I walk with a cane and it is very difficult to exercise because my leg still has a lot of pain. I keep gaining weight (30 lbs.) partly because I can't do any aerobic type of exercise. I have a question, are there any exercises for me that will be of an aerobic type while not walking, running or using my bum leg?
Hi Janice, Thank you for your thoughtful question. We are sure many others are wondering this as well. Due to HIIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations, we are unable to provide specific medical advice, including exercise regimens, as it could put your safety at risk. We recommend that you speak to your primary care physician, or a specialist who is treating you, for their specific advice on beginning an exercise regimen. Once your PCP gives you the green light, you may want to contact a trainer who works with adults who have limited mobility and can assign exercises that are low impact and beneficial, like exercises that utilize chairs, or an aerobics class your local swimming pool.

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