Shoulder Exercises for Seniors


Do you hear and feel the snap, crackle, and pop of your shoulders and back when reaching up to get a glass out of the cupboard in your kitchen. Many seniors do all the time. Our joints need movement to increase the diffusion of nutrients in our major joints, including our shoulder joints. This exercise is a standard in all Physical Therapy shoulder rehab exercise programs. It allows us to move our arms together to increase the motion of our shoulders. As we get older, you may notice there are fewer times when we have the opportunity to raise our arms overhead. This in turn causes stiffness in the shoulders and consequently less movement during our day.

Finger marching

Sit in an arm less chair and relax. Take a breath in and slowly bring your hands in front of your body. Begin to walk your fingers up in a crawling manner, until your arms are fully extended above your head. Then as you exhale, bring your arms down to the sides. You will find this is an excellent exercise in the morning to get that shoulder joint warmed up.

Coach Doug

Doug Schrift is a Physical Therapist, Certified Geriatric Specialist, and senior fitness coach. Doug helps seniors become strong and stable even if they have never exercised before.