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Getting older can be challenging — joints may grow stiff and arthritic, vision and hearing can decline, and even your memory and response to questions may not be as quick as they used to be.
As seniors slow down and move less, physical therapists recommend being aware of the “slippery slope of aging” that leads to frailty, and higher risk for injury and illness.
Sheila Yonemoto, a physical therapist and the owner Yonemoto Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member in California), notes that our bodies start to lose strength at the relatively young age of 30. With each decade of life, people will lose roughly 10% of their strength, and even more (15-30% per decade) after the age of 60. Without strength training and exercise to combat such losses, seniors approaching their 70s are at a serious risk for frailty.