Keep your shoulders strong to stay independent

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Building strength, stretching, and improving posture will improve shoulder health and keep you in action.

Your shoulders are a crucial part of your mobility and independence. You need them to be healthy and pain-free so you can drive a car, lift groceries, do housework, or pick up a child. But as we age, the shoulders become vulnerable to health problems and pain that may curtail activity. "Fortunately, most older adults can reduce pain and improve shoulder strength without surgery," says physical therapist Amy Devaney, of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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