The importance of exercise for older adults

This blog is written by Woden's Exercise Physiologist (EP) and professional Muai Tai Athlete Diandra Martin.

The importance of exercise for older adults.

As you are already aware the human body goes thought a natural ageing process which leads to distinct muscle mass and strength decline and weakening, with a 15% loss per decade over the age of 50. Due to this older adults have an increase risk of falls. Statistics show that ever year 1 in 3 people aged 65 years and over will have a fall.

Exercises forcing on strenght lower limb and balance is an effective modality for falls prevention. Exercise is also a cheap way to manage symptoms of any chronic diseases when can include pain management for osteoarthritis and managing blood glucose levels in diabetics.

Exercise has many benefits:

  • maintain and improve strenght and balance to decreased risk of falls or injury
  • preserving bone density and joint health
  • Prevention of muscle loss associated with ageing
  • maintain quality of life and improve overall mood
  • Improved mental health and reduced depression, anxiety, and stress
  • reduced risk and symptoms of some chronic diseases
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Potential to reduce risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

 

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialise in creating safe and affective exercise plans for a range of populations including older adults. We also work a range of pathologies include but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular – pacemakers, hypertension, chronic heart failure, heart arrhythmias and acute myocardial infarction.
  • Mental Health – anxiety disorders and trauma.
  • Metabolic – overweight/obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. 
  • Musculoskeletal - osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and muscle pain, injuries, or disabilities.
  • Neurological/Neuromuscular – Stroke, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Respiratory/Pulmonary - asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis.
     

At Southside physio our exercise physiologists aim to provide everyone with an individualise exercise plan to help prevent or manage a chronic disease, injury or age-related decline in order to help restore optimal physical function and improve their quality of life. We run a range of group classes such as forever fit and +Diabetes. Forever Fit is a class that focuses on older adults and fall prevention. This allows older adults to maintain their strenght and reduced their falls risk in a social environment.

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me ([email protected]) or for general questions please contact Woden: [email protected], Tuggeranong: [email protected] or call either clinic Woden: 62825010 or Tuggeranong 62931955