March 2022
Move It or Lose It: Promoting Wellness and Exercise in Senior Adults
Terence W. Starz, MD

Being healthy and practicing healthy living activities including proper diet, exercise, sleep, and stress control are goals that most individuals desire. However, desiring and achieving these are frequently mismatched. The science of aging and body restoration has advanced tremendously over the past two decades including the significant inherent capacity of the body to adapt, heal, and weather the many internal and external stresses placed on it. While this capacity has limitations with aging, an individual can do much to influence it. Over a lifetime, changes occur in all organs with associated reductions in reserve capacity. For example, the peak bone mass, visual acuity, and hearing range occurs at approximately age 30. If needed, some correction can be made with medicines, glasses, and a hearing aid. Aging changes also occur in muscles primarily related to inherent factors and reduction in physical activity. These include decreased number and size of muscle fibers with fibrous and fatty tissue replacement (sarcopenia), decreased contractility, and less tone. Joints are then impacted because decreased muscle support increases mechanical stress with activity. Muscle and joint alterations are daunting and difficult to improve; however, wellness strategies including a regular directed exercise program can positively impact the musculoskeletal system. The benefits of exercise can result in enhanced physical, mental, and social well-being especially when done consistently and with other individuals.
Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent any policy or position of PAMED, PMDA, AMDA, its affiliates, and members.
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Spring Symposium- May 21, 2022 
Fall Regional Meeting - September 21, 2022
30th Annual Symposium – October 14-15, 2022
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AMDA Statement on Safe, Equitable, and Timely Distribution of COVID-19 Therapeutics for PALTC
AMDA’s Board of Directors just approved a statement on safe, equitable and timely distribution of COVID-19 therapeutics. Please share widely with your state health officials and anyone else who you think would benefit from seeing it!
Coding Guide Updated

AMDA’s Guide to Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Coding, Reimbursement, and Documentation is a popular and must-have publication that contains coding and documentation requirements as well as one or two Society-developed coding vignettes for each of the nursing home family of codes. It has been updated with guidance for the new split/shared visit in a facility as well as with information to Chronic Care Management (CCM) and the changing use of telehealth. Get more details.
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