Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older Clients

Why is Falling a Problem? Falls are a significant health risk for older adults, with approximately one in three community-dwelling people aged 65 years or older falling every year, and the risk of falling increasing with age. In addition, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation, accounting for some 40% of injury-related hospitalisations. That is compared to 12% for transport… Read More

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What are the Benefits to Older Adults of Exceeding the WHO Recommended Exercise Levels?

New research has shown that older adults who exercised above current recommended levels were twice as likely to avoid health conditions, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and be in optimal physical and mental shape. New research has shown that older adults who exercise above current recommended levels have a reduced risk of… Read More

5 Simple Ways to Maximise Your Brain Health

The Alzheimer’s Australia ‘Your Brain Matter’ programme provides a checklist to see if a person is taking steps to keep their brain healthy and reduce their risk of dementia. The five steps are: Step 1: Look after your heart: I have had my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose) and weight checked in the last… Read More

Are You Growing Older with Health & Vitality?

Research Paper Title Growing older with health and vitality: a nexus of physical activity, exercise and nutrition. Background The preservation of skeletal muscle mass and strength with advancing age are, the researchers propose, critical aspects of ageing with health and vitality. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are known to accelerate the gradual age-related decline in… Read More

New Year’s Resolutions…

Happy New Year. OK, so today is the day when people make symbolic gestures to make a difference in their lives; aka New Year’s Resolutions. One of these gestures typically involves ‘improving my fitness’, and as a result there is a surge of ‘new members’ to the myriad of fitness providers during the month of… Read More

Hopping Mad or Hopping Healthy!

Hopping can have health benefits according to a study reported by the Daily Telegraph (Finnigan, 2015). The Hip Hop Study from Loughborough University shows that hopping for two minutes a day improved bone mineral density in the active compared with the non-active leg of 34 men aged 65-80 years. In the Book ‘Hopscotch’ (Jaffe, 2002),… Read More

Older Adults: Outdoor Physical Activity & Self-Rated Health

Research Paper Title Outdoor physical activity and self rated health in older adults living in two regions of the US. Background Older adults spend little time outdoors and many are physically inactive. The relationship between outdoor physical activity and self rated health has not been studied in older adults. This paper aimed to assess the… Read More