Strength, balance and mobility become a priority as we get older.
Our independence can become compromised if we fail to maintain an adequate level of strength and endurance. Our LiveWell program is designed to address the challenges that we face as we get older to allow us to continue to live an independent life.
Research reports that 21% of adults aged over 65 years are already frail and another 48% are pre-frail.
Frailty is not an inevitable part of the aging process.
What is frailty?
A person who is frail has limited ability to recuperate from minor health setbacks, putting them at increased risk for more serious adverse events.
Rather than an acute onset disease, it is a slow progression toward a functional decline.
Frailty may be described as having a decreased reserve and diminished resistance to stressors, leading to vulnerability to adverse outcomes and high risk of death.
How do I know if I am Frail?
The FRAIL Scale records the presence or absence of the following 5 criteria:
- Unintentional weight loss (5% over past 6 months)
- Feeling exhausted
- Having difficulty walking up a flight of stairs
- Walking slower
- Difficulty standing up repeatedly from a chair
0 = Congratulations you are robust
1-2 = Pre-fail: time to get moving
>3 = Frail: Interventions are necessary to avoid illness and hospitalisation *
*The physical and physiological changes associated with frailty contribute significantly to the weakness, falls, and fractures that direct admissions to nursing homes and a loss of independence.
The FRAIL scale and more information is available online at www.parc.net.au
Many different things can contribute to the development of frailty, such as :
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease (among others)
How to prevent and reverse frailty:
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Good nutrition
- Tailored exercise program.
As exercise specialists, Physiotherapists are well-equipped to design and implement an exercise program to address the various impairments that cause frailty.
It is understandable that launching into an exercise routine may seem overwhelming for some older adults, particularly if you have several medical issues.
What is involved:
A carefully prescribed program for each individual which includes:
- One hour detailed multi-systems assessment including respiratory, strength, gait, balance, function
- 6 week exercise program which involves a combination of home visits, clinic appointments and a weekly group exercise class.
How to get started:
Book your Initial 1 hour assessment (Free when you sign up for our 6 week program)
Small group LiveWell classes:
- Tuesday 11:30am – Bridgepoint Clinic
- Thursday 1pm – Bridgepoint Clinic
To book your assessment or for more information call Jennifer (our LiveWell Physio) on 9968 3424.
Our goal is to help you find a way to make daily exercise a way of life, toward a better life.