The South Dakotan
Becca Jordre never expected to become an expert on geriatric
wellness, although she was inspired at an early age to pursue
a career in health care. That desire delivered her as a student
to USD, and later to work as a physical therapist, teacher, and
scientist, including serving senior citizens competing at state and
national athletic competitions.
As a youngster growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, Jordre
was influenced when she saw a physical therapist portrayed
in a movie. “At the age of 15,” she recalled, “I thought that
doing that sort of work would be a useful and fun thing to do.”
Shortly after that Jordre found herself needing professional care
for a back problem, and her positive rehabilitation experience
reinforced her interest in physical therapy.
Jordre’s path has been on a progressive, upward trajectory
since then. She completed her undergraduate degree in
psychology at USD in 1999, with a plan to continue her studies
in physical therapy. At the time there were only four DPT
(doctor of physical therapy) programs in the country, and Jordre
was accepted into Duke University. Jordre left Duke and North
Carolina after completing her education there, returning to her
home state to practice physical therapy from 2002 to 2007 in
Bemidji, Minnesota. She followed that with a two-year stint that
Keeping Seniors in the Game
Becca Jordre champions the values
of fitness and exercise for older adults
By Peter Carrels
Science tells us that the risks of inactivity
far outweigh the risks of staying active.
These senior athletes make it happen
in the field. They really break down our
stereotypes of typical aging. I love that!
—Becca Jordre, DPT