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Jessica KuipersThe answer is NO! When it comes to exercise and strengthening, I have heard this question countless times from my elderly patients. They think, that because, they are in their later stages of life, strength training won’t be beneficial. That is far from the truth! Yes, with aging comes a loss of muscle (called Sarcopenia) and consequently a decrease in strength. There are a number of reasons why we lose muscle as we age, but the big question is, can we gain strength in our later years? The answer is YES!

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8 Tips for Staying Safe This Winter

warningWinter is upon us with conditions quickly becoming slick. Falls are a major danger in this weather, with the potential for serious injury. This winter could be a long one, so be sure to practice these 8 tips for a safe and enjoyable season. If you
 would like a more information, be sure to contact the friendly staff at your local resource, The Center for Physical Rehabilitation.

1) Leave those comfy shoes at home
You may want to think twice about wearing out those house slippers. Smooth-soled comfort shoes, like moccasins should be avoided when venturing outside this winter. Smooth-soled comfort shoes, as well as shoes made of leather and plastic, don't offer the grip you need in icy conditions. Choose rubber or neoprene soled shoes instead for better stability and a surer step.

2) Grab that Gore-Tex
Wear layers, get that poofy coat on, and wrap yourself up nice and warm when venturing out. Even if you think your stint outside will only take a minute, remember it takes far less than a minute for an injury to occur. Bundling up decreases the tendency to hurry and to tense your muscles from the cold, both of which greatly increase your chances of falling. So be sure to bundle up super snug this season and don't forget your hat. Mom really was right.

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Three fit women walking and talkingMany women at some point in their life begin to feel like “something is falling out” or “heaviness in the pelvis”.  They complain of back pain at the end of the day, needing to use finger pressure to support a bowel movement, difficulty starting to urinate or having a weak stream of urine or not fully emptying the bladder.  Leakage of urine or frequent need to urinate and pain with intercourse are also common. 

These complaints are typical of women with pelvic organ prolapse.  Pelvic organ prolapse is defined as the descent of one or more of the anterior vaginal wall, the posterior vaginal wall and the apex of the vagina or vaginal vault after hysterectomy.  Essentially the muscle and fascia that support the pelvic organs weaken.  The pelvic organs then begin to descend into the vagina.  Organs that can descend into the vagina include the bladder, the uterus, the intestines, the rectum or the vagina itself.

Nearly 50 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some type of prolapse. Risk factors associated with prolapse include genetics, ethnicity, injury to pelvic floor during delivery of baby, surgery, pelvic radiation, hysterectomy, constipation/straining, chronic coughing, smoking, chronic heavy lifting, joint hypermobility, obesity, poor posture, and hormonal changes affecting pelvic floor muscles.

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