As we grow older, the risk of falls becomes greater. This in turn can become a problem for older adults, as they are not only more susceptible to injury but also can hinder one’s ability to live independently.
So, what causes falls?
Losing our balance appears to be the number one cause of falls in older adults. However, there are many other common risk factors that contribute to your falls risk. Some of these include:
- Reduced muscle strength
- Cognitive impairments
- Slow reaction times
- Visual impairment
- Limitations in mobility and undertaking activities of daily living
- Multiple medications such as those that treat mental health conditions.
- Fear of falling
How can Activate Health help you?
Here at Activate Health we are passionate about providing top quality Exercise Physiology to ensure all our clients receive the care and outcomes they deserve. Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP’s) are trained to provide evidence-based exercise interventions to individuals at high risk of developing, or with existing, chronic conditions and injuries.
Exercise is clinically proven and recommended to manage your falls risk. Exercise alone has been shown to reduce the risk and rate of falls by 20% – 35%. As AEP’s we can work with you to improve your strength, balance, body awareness and cognitive ability.
What types of exercise are recommended?
Hydrotherapy: pool-based exercise is a safe environment for those who have a history of falls and a fear of injuring themselves from falling.
Group exercise classes: A fun social setting where you perform strength and balance exercises. These sessions are monitored by an AEP to ensure your safety.
Individual exercise sessions: Individually tailored exercise programs for whose who are at a higher risk of falls. Can be implemented as a home-based exercise program if unable to attend clinic.
How to get started!
Talk to you Doctor today to request a Chronic Care Plan referral for bulk billed consultations here at Activate Health. We also take private bookings which can be partially covered by your private health fund. Do not hesitate to contact us with any enquires on 07 4939 5696
5/287 Richardson Rd, Kawana
2 Braithwaite st
3/24 Hill St
Mount Morgan Hospital