Laura Cheney, Geriatric Physical Therapist


Laura Cheney, a physical therapist who specializes in geriatrics, graduated with honors from the University of California at San Francisco in 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Davis, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She most recently worked as the Director of Rehabilitation and sole physical therapist at a premier life-care facility in San Francisco. Beginning her career in pediatrics, Laura soon found her niche working with seniors and has experience in all levels of care, from hospital to home care. She has written articles and lectured extensively on fall prevention and other issues relevant to the aging experience. As a registered yoga teacher, she teaches yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques to seniors -- helping them expand their repertoire for coping with stress, pain, and illness in the later years.

She now lives in Menlo Park with her husband and new baby daughter, Emily Viola--named after Laura's grandmother. Although she continues to teach and consult, for the time being she is focusing on raising her daughter. Laura was very close to both of her grandmothers and feels that their love and support continue to inspire her and to motivate her to care for seniors as if they were her own family.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What can I do to motivate my mother to get up and exercise? — Nov 29, 2011
Oh, I am so sorry. This sounds like a difficult situation and is understandably discouraging and frustrating for you. Since your mom was in the NH for 3 months, it would be...
If a Medicare patient is readmitted to the hospital, does she have to be discharged from PT/OT? — Sep 08, 2011
If a patient is receiving outpatient PT and gets admitted to the hospital then the PT must write a D/C note and discharge that patient from therapy because the patient's st...
Will dad ever get his strength back, and is the physical therapy worth doing? — Sep 08, 2011
Your question is "Will he get his strength back?" Yes, muscles do continue to respond to strength training throughout the lifetime. But functional outcomes such as walking,...
Can physical therapy help arthritis pain? — Jul 14, 2010
Yes! Yes! Yes! There is a lot that physical therapists can do to help alleviate and prevent exacerbation of pain from arthritis. In fact, as a geriatric physical therapist,...
Why is exercise important for seniors? — Mar 04, 2009
Exercise enables us to remain as healthy and engaged in a meaningful life as possible. As we age, our muscles weaken; our bones weaken; our cardiovascular and circulatory s...
What is the treatment for broken hips in the elderly? — Feb 02, 2009
Unfortunately, breaking a hip is quite common in the elderly. It is usually related to underlying osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) and can happen spontaneously or becaus...