The Adult Functional Independence Test (AFIT) is a functional assessment for people over the age of 50 that evaluates 15 performance-based tests that can be done by a certified PT. These tests provide valid and reliable measures of the 5 key aspects of fitness: posture, strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. Currently, our physical therapist, Mike Salerno, PT, FSOAE is the only therapist in the state of Nebraska and Iowa that is certified to perform the AFIT.
This test is covered by Medicare and it can help you age optimally and safely. The AFIT can also help identify chronic problems before they occur.
Exercise is Medicine
"If exercise could be packed into a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation." – Dr. Robert Butler, Founder of the National Institute on Aging
In 2007, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) developed an initiative, "Exercise is Medicine" (EIM), to promote overall public health and reduce long term health care costs. This test can be an important component to your physician’s annual physical to help your doctor track your functional abilities. A survey by the ACSM indicates that 60% of patients report that they would be "more likely to start a physical activity program if advised to do so by their health care providers". Exercise can be a powerful intervention if prescribed, monitored and progressed by physical therapists.
Do you have concerns about your posture, strength, balance, endurance, or flexibility as you are getting older? If so, come see our experts who can help you age optimally, safely, and help prevent injuries from falls.
To schedule an AFIT evaluation (only available at our Pacific location), please call or stop by:
7611 Pacific St. Omaha, NE 68114
Physical Therapist: Mike Salerno, PT, FSOAE