Strong and Steady (Falls Prevention) Program
Exercise is a critical component in reducing falls risk and improving mobility. This program provides support for falls prevention, improving balance and mobility, along with ability to complete activities of daily living.
INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM
- 4-week graded exercise program that helps to build confidence with movement and exercise
- 4x one to one Exercise Physiology sessions to establish correct technique and provide a graded home exercise program
- Education on falls prevention and exercising safely (including a specialised information booklet)
- Specialised Strong and Steady group classes available after the program for those who want to continue with support and supervision
*BULK BILLED when referred on a GP management plan, otherwise private health rebates may apply
How can the Strong and Steady Program help me?
1. For healthy ageing!
Typically as we get older, our muscle mass, strength and balance starts to slowly decline. Whilst this gradual loss in muscle mass is normal, it can become problematic if we lose it at a faster rate than normal and it is a very controllable factor in contributing to our longevity.
2. To manage balance and falls risk
Reduced balance is a common concern for many older adults. However, it is often that people won't think about how their balance is affecting them until they have a fall. There are many factors that contribute to falls risk however we will target those controllable factors to help stop the cycle of decline.
3. To support cognitive function and mental health
Physical activity can produce both structural and functional changes and provide protection from neurodegeneration. This includes increasing neuroplasticity (the body's ability to form new neural connections), improving memory, improving cognitive function and decision making, and treating or delaying cognitive decline.
Some of the key exercise objectives...
- Increase strength
- Increase balance
- Increase mobility (such as walking and reaching)
- Increase independence and quality of life
- Increase mental health
- Decrease risk of falls, fractures and hospitalisations
- Decrease risk of chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease
- Decrease feelings of depression and anxiety