Shoulder Rehab Exercises For Seniors And The Elderly

Overhead Press

Shoulder rehab exercises for seniors and the elderly, like the overhead press, will help stabilize and strengthen your upper back and arms. This will greatly assist in your ability to reach overhead when putting away plates or stuffing your grand children’s toys high in the closet!

Lifting your arm overhead requires a lot of strength and coordination from your arms, shoulder and back. The overhead press is probably the most demanding exercise an older adult can do with their arms.

Take it slowly at first. Start with either no weight or a one pound or less weight. Try to do 8 repetitions at first. Increase to 8 to 12 repetitions as your strength improves.

Purpose of this exercise

Improve the ability to safely reach overhead. Stabilizes the back muscles. Increases the mobility of the shoulder joint.

Step 1

Starting with feet shoulder width apart, weights in hand at chest level, palms forward.


Step 2

Raise arms overhead straight up and out together. Lower arms to starting position and repeat 10 times.



Inhale during the upward movement phase. Exhale during the downward movement phase.


Try this sitting down if your back is stressed. Keep your chest high. Don’t arch your back.

Take it up a notch

Try this exercise standing with one foot in front of the other. Lunge forward with one foot when lifting the weight up. Push up to the right and left with a waist twist.

How to do Overhead Press

How to do Overhead Press

More Upper Body Strengthening

1. Bicep Curls

2. Overhead Elbow Extension

3. Triceps Kickbacks

4. Diagonal Inward Shoulder Raise

5.Diagonal Outward Shoulder Raise

6. Shoulder Rolls

7. Overhead Press

8. Shoulder Press Lying Down

9. Upright Rows

10. Bent Over Rows

11. Side Shoulder Raises

12. Elbow Side Extensions

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