Nearly half of physical therapy patients are ages 65 and above. Older bodies often have unique needs for therapy, but they’re not necessarily treated with different approaches than younger patients. To get better results, all it might take is a pencil and paper.
Sydney Schaefer, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, is working toward developing more personalized solutions for neurorehabilitation (treatment for a nervous system injury) that are tailored to older patients. She and her research team are exploring inexpensive and easy-to-implement solutions similar to current practices.