Exercise & Aging

Mary* is living with Osteoporosis; Osteoarthritis in shoulders, knees and hands; Type 2 Diabetes; Hypertension; High Cholesterol; and Asthma.   Mary was referred for in-home exercise physiology services through a six week Home Independence Program. In the past, she had participated in community exercise classes and walked regularly but had lost her motivation. Needs and client goals Mary was fiercely independent and wanted to stay that way. She had a positive attitude and knew that physical activity was the key to remaining independent. She was worried that she wouldn’t get out of her rut and didn’t want her health and independence to suffer as...

Arthritis affects 3.85 million Australians, and is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia. It is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints. In Australia, there have been high growth rates reported particularly for hip and knee surgeries, according to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Surgery in Australian hospitals 2010-11. Almost 23% of all surgical procedures in Australia in 2010-11 were procedures on the musculoskeletal system, with one of the most common reasons for hospitalisation being knee disorders. Whilst arthritis isn’t curable, it is manageable. Research...