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Posted on 01-27-2017
Explosive-type heavy-resistance training in old (60-65 years) and very old (80-89 years) women not living in a nursing home environment for 12 weeks resulted in an increase in muscle strength and a decrease in falls. Often the very old are discouraged from lifting heavy weights or doing explosive moves with heavy weights. While these people were supervised during their training, it does show that the elderly are able to do more demanding strength training. Obviously each individual must be evaluated and progressed as they are able to do the exercise. I have found, however, that older people often think they can't do activities, which it turns out they are able to do.
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Dr. Seaton is an excellent doctor!! She gives the patient a lot of time and focused attention and considers not just the injury but lifestyle issues that impact the body and our ability to heal. She is very concerned that patients get good physical exercise, take care of themselves, and resume their former activities. I have gone to her for years (thanks to a number of car accidents) and trust her implicitly to give the best treatment.