Healthy seniorsJane Fonda recently said in an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, “You can be really old at 60, and you can be really young at 85”.

I am not one to complain, except to my immediate family, but lately I am concerned how long people wait before calling to start a personal training program. I will rarely turn away a client, but if someone is impaired, bedridden, requires two people to lift them, or they are so severely compromised mentally, it is best to reach out to other professionals for assistance. My industry’s Scope of Practice delineates between the roles of a personal trainer and those of other therapists. Personal trainers can work with physical therapists to develop a starting point for exercise once a client has completed rehab.

Medicare and insurance can be quite appealing, as far as covering costs for physical therapy. The caveat is, it is for a limited time and/or the client must show progress based on their initial diagnosis. On the other hand, personal trainers are private pay and visits are unlimited. Personal trainers assess clients and develop programs based on the information gathered. The goal is to keep you safe, work within your limitations and help you transform into a healthier “senior” you.

In keeping with Jane Fonda’s mantra, it is best to start sooner rather than later. Have the conversation by talking to a family member. Perhaps they can help you decide.

Be honest with yourself. Do you need a boost from a trainer because what you have been doing hasn’t been working? We have specific programs geared toward general health, heart health, weight loss and arthritis. If you have a neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, need a program to improve your confidence, or your balance, you can call 818-620-1442 or contact me. I will respond within 24 hours. You can also follow us on Facebook, or LinkedIn for important research and fitness updates.

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