Thanks to screenings, labs, vaccines, imaging and earlier interventions, many of us who, in previous generations, would have died in middle age from heart or lung disease, cancer, infections or a host of other disorders are living well into old age.
One 80-year-old fractures a hip, which triggers a physical decline that leads to an early death. Another octogenarian still enjoys golf and tennis. What is the difference? Staying healthy--and a big part of that is maintaining healthy vestibular function.
"We don't consider those who come here for rehabilitation as residents or patients, they're guests and we call them guests," says Landie Acker-Langley, admissions coordinator at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba River, a new short-term rehabilitation facility in Vestavia Hills.
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