Lucy Dahl, a Physical Therapist based at Columbia Basin Care, recently earned a rare distinction: Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. This makes Lucy one of just 1,000 physical therapists in the nation to earn this credential from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
Dahl holds undergraduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hope College in Michigan, and a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in Pennsylvania.
“When patients say ‘I’m too old to exercise,’ that’s not true,” she says. “Whether it’s aerobic, balance or resistance training, it’s important to understand how to find a balance in how much you can push while still be safe. In reality, at any age you will get some gains if you train at an appropriate level.”