One Step at a Time: Recovering From Limb Loss

Web Development Senior Step

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004
by Patricia Isenberg, MS.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to bounce back from the tragedies in their lives, while others find themselves trapped in a cycle of despair, anger or depression? Most of us will, from time to time, compare ourselves to those around us. It is natural, then, for people with limb loss to compare their recovery process to the experiences of other amputees.

Older Adults Can Thrive as Prosthesis Users

Web Development Senior Step

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004
by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP.
Couple with snow ski gear smilingHave you heard the one about the 95-year-old lady who wears a prosthetic leg? She can walk, drive a car, and leads a totally independent lifestyle. So, why does her son keeps pressuring her to move into a nursing home? He’s getting lonely living there by himself!

Keep Moving: Exercises for People With Lower-Extremity Amputations

Web Development Senior Step

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004
by Melissa Wolff-Burke, EdD, PT, ATC, and Elizabeth Cole, PT.
Getting back to your previous activities may be your objective following amputation. Even if you decide not to use a prosthesis (or are unable to use one), the following exercises are designed to help you reach your goals. Many of these activities can be done with or without a prosthesis while lying on a firm surface, sitting in a straight back chair or on the edge of your bed, or standing at a counter. Very little equipment is needed to keep you and your residual limb in good working order. Exercises are an essential part of maintaining your health and function, and getting back to your hobbies and activities is possible in the near future, if you keep moving!

Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Resources for Older Adults and their Caregivers

Web Development Fact Sheet

Updated: 10/2015
Are you looking for information on services and resources and don’t know where to begin? Knowing how to locate community and educational resources is an invaluable tool as a caregiver or an older adult with limb loss. This fact sheet will outline general community resources and educational Web sites for frequently requested resources.

What You Need to Know About Prosthetics

Web Administration Video: Amputee Coalition Webinars

Published 07/08/2015
The Amputee Coalition will be hosting a series of Webinars over the next several months. The first in that series was co-sponsored by BiOM and was held on July 7. This one-hour seminar, entitled “What You Need to Know About Prosthetics,” was designed for new amputees. This seminar was taught by Brian Frasure, CP, director of clinical education, BiOM.

Learning to Walk at Any Age

Web Development inMotion

Volume 20, Issue 3 May/June 2010
by Gretchen Bollenbacher
“You really had to use your imagination to think that thing resembled a human limb. But when I had it strapped in place and put on the slacks and top I had worn in, I took a quick look in the mirror. At last I was whole again.”

Special Problems and Needs of Older Amputees

Web Development inMotion

Volume18 · Issue 3 · April 2008
Everyday living can change when a person gets older. Tasks that were once easy can become hard, such as talking, walking, driving, cooking or remembering information. People with disabilities may find it especially hard to cope with getting older.

Recognizing Late-Life Depression

Web Development inMotion

Volume 18 · Issue 3 · April 2008
by Maria D. Llorente, MD, and Julie Malphurs, PhD
Marc decided Wednesday would be the day. It was the middle of the week, and he figured there wouldn’t be too many people around. He waited until 3 a.m., walked the three blocks to the beach, and took his shoes off at the edge of the sand. The sand felt cool and soft, and he started to walk towards the Atlantic Ocean. He was right – there weren’t any beachgoers this time of day. As he waded into the warm water, it rocked him back and forth gently. He reflected on the irony that he had come into this world from salty, warm fluid, and would die the same way.