I know one 65yr old woman who had lots of pain in her hips and legs but her muscles are so atrophied from a lifetime without exercise. What is causing her pain and what can i do for her? Another woman in her sixties is walking 45mins a day since her husband died of heart complications. She want to avoid the same fate but she gets so tired after her walks. What is going on? Shouldn’t walking make people feel invigorated and happy?
I agree with Bryant that checking with your clients’ physicians is an important first step. There are so many factors that can impact an elderly client’s ability to exercise–arthritis, cardiovascular/cardiorespiratory impairment, orthopedic history–that you consider not only medical history, but also exercise history, body weight, nutritional habits, post-exercise recovery and so forth.
The most important consideration, in my opinion, is that pain most often is not a good sign, especially if it’s joint pain.
Good luck, take care.