Gerontology Physiotherapy

Gerontology Physiotherapy


Article by Andrew Waldie

What is Gerontology Physiotherapy?

Essentially Gerontology Physiotherapy is Rehabilitation of the Elderly.

Gerontology Physiotherapy aims to:

  • Promote healthy and active ageing
  • Maximise quality of life and mobility
  • Improve vitality, strength, fitness and balance
  • Prevent and educate in regard to chronic disease management
  • Assist with pain management
  • Actively facilitate exercise participation
  • Assess and treat various conditions associated with ageing including arthritis, hip fracture, Parkinson’s disease and stroke
  • Rehabilitate mobility and function after illness or surgery

Physiotherapists in Gerontology work in:

  • Community and home-based programs
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Residential aged care facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Falls and Balance Clinics
  • Research and education

Special Interest Areas include: