falls prevention Tag

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...

Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay well and independent- (NSW Health, 2013).   As people age, exercise may become daunting, especially post joint replacement or after years of sedentary behaviour. People may not know the safest way to start with a routine, they may be weary of their balance deteriorating and they may be living with chronic pain. Balance exercises are paramount for all individuals; but become increasingly important to reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.   Every year 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will have a fall Falls are...

Exercise and Bone Density   Regular physical activity and exercise plays a vital role in maintaining and optimizing bone density throughout life and as we age.   The specific goals of exercising for bone health continuously change throughout life; from building maximum bone strength in childhood and adolescence to reducing bone loss and optimising quality of life in old age. For the elderly, the focus is on prevention of sarcopenia (muscle wasting) and addressing risk factors for frailty and falls, particularly difficulties in balance, walking ability and mobility. Bone strength effectively can be addressed through different types of exercise.  Bones ultimately become stronger...

They say that there's nothing that a good walk can't fix. And when it comes to exercise, that may not be too far from the truth.   It's the oldest form of exercise and an easy and effective way to improve overall health. Check out Exercise Right's top 3 benefits of walking for exercise that you may not know about.   1.    Improves Postural Control and reduces the risk of falls   An inability to control rapid movement of the head or trunk increases the possibility for falls, particularly in the elderly. With age there is often deterioration in the speed at which visual and neuromuscular signals are sent to...