A common theme I’ve noted in my work as a physical therapist is a loss of confidence in all areas of life that usually accompanies a decline in physical function, particularly in adults over the age of 60.
Once it happens, it leads to a long road rebuilding this confidence and often leaves those it happens to never getting back to the place they were before.
And it makes so much sense. A loss of physical abilities leads to difficulty leaving home, participating in much-loved activities, and creating a dependency on others for survival. This quickly leads to a feeling of isolation, depression, and loneliness which further perpetuates the cycle of decline.
So, armed with this information how can you prevent this from happening in your future?
On one hand, it’s not entirely possible to prevent every medical event. Even those who make all the right lifestyle choices can still end up with a chronic condition. On the other hand, however, we can all choose how we...