Torrance Memorial Therapists Work Together to Help South Bay Seniors Stay
Healthy and Active
Many seniors visit
Torrance Memorial’s Rehabilitation Department to recover from orthopedic problems, stroke or neurological problems as
well as cancer or heart disease. Others seek out the Rehabilitation Department’s
specialized programs to combat the symptoms of aging.
“Mobility safety and independence issues are the main reasons that
we see people over age 50,” explains Lynn Riley, Manager of Outpatient
Services for the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.
“A real strength of our program is that we offer so many different
types of rehabilitation in one department. The whole team works together
to help each patient reach their goals,” says Riley. “For
example, a patient recovering from a stroke might spend time with an Occupational
Therapist, a Physical Therapist and a Speech and Language Pathologist
all during one visit.”
Seniors who don’t need intensive rehabilitation may benefit from
strength and conditioning classes, as well as other specialized programs designed for seniors.
“One of our most beneficial areas of therapy for seniors is improving
balance issues related to aging. Because as you know, balance gets challenged
as we get older,” says Riley. “I want seniors to know that
balance can improve with the right help.”
The Rehabilitation Department’s Physical and Occupational therapists
can work one on one with seniors to improve balance. They also facilitate regular
Fall Prevention and Balance Improvement Classes that teach foot and posture exercises plus stretching and coordination
techniques to improve overall balance.
“Our physical therapists also offer
Incontinence Rehabilitation and Urinary and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation,” explains Riley. “These are a great help to seniors who want
to reduce urinary leakage from sneezing, laughing or other activities.
They can also help seniors suffering from bowel control problems.”
A visit with a therapist for any type of outpatient rehabilitation begins
with an evaluation to determine what needs to be improved.
“Our programs are individualized for every patient,” explains
Riley. “Some patients getting outpatient therapy visit two times
a week, while others visit once a month. Most patients are also given
techniques to follow at home.”
One technique often taught to many senior patients is energy conservation.
“While every person is unique, as we age most of us need to pace
ourselves differently than when we were younger,” explains Riley.
“For example, instead of doing all of your household chores in one
or two days, spread them out over the entire week.”
“It’s also important to exercise to maintain your mobility,”
says Riley. “The easiest, most effective way to keep the body strong
and mobile is a daily walk.”
If you’d like detailed information on any rehabilitation services,
please call 310-517-4735. A prescription from a doctor is required for