Protecting against dementia with exercise

Protecting against dementia with exercise

  Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain and may encourage new brain cell growth and survival.   Rejane Le Grange, SCC’s Dementia Services Manager said physical exercise is an important component of a care plan for clients living with dementia   “As part of our commitment to the overall health and wellbeing of our…

Improving strength and balance

Improving strength and balance

  Balance is important for maintaining postural stability and thus for the avoidance of falls. Balance exercises should include multi-tasks situations which require the body to perform many activities of daily living; such as walking downstairs while having a conversation or stepping over an obstacle while carrying shopping bags.   Besides balance, muscle strength/power is also important for activities of…

Exercise to manage dementia

Exercise to manage dementia

  Dementia is a chronic disease that impacts over 400,000 people nationally.  Over 50% of people living in residential care are living with dementia.   Researchers around the world have proven, that one of the most effective ways to live a long healthy life is by exercising regularly.   Matt Osman, Exercise Physiologist from the Vario Clinic, Edith Cowan University, …

Winter activities for seniors

Winter activities for seniors

  Winter is the time of year when most of us want to stay indoors, but it is important to keep the body and mind sharp by staying active. Learn more about five activities that you and your senior loved one can safely enjoy together throughout the winter season. Exercise is important for your health. The National Institute of Aging recommends that…

Exercise to stay strong

Exercise to stay strong

Researchers around the world have proven, that one of the most effective ways to live a long healthy life is by exercising regularly.   Conversely, people who don’t exercise are at higher risk for many different kinds of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Inactivity can also worsen arthritis symptoms, increase lower-back pain and lead to depression…

Using exercise to fight cancer

Using exercise to fight cancer

  In recent years, there has been a greater focus on the importance of physical activity to enable cancer patients to function normally and to enhance their quality of life.   There is growing evidence that a physically active lifestyle protects against the development of colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and prostate cancer. In recent years, a number of…

Strength training for seniors

Strength training for seniors

By Denis Taaffe, Professor Exercise Gerontologist, Edith Cowan University   Normal ageing is characterised by a reduction in muscle mass and strength, which can compromise an older person’s functional performance, such as the ability to climb stairs or rise from a chair, independence, and quality of life. Moreover, the decline in muscle strength contributes to poorer balance, increasing the risk…

Benefits of exercise physiology

Benefits of exercise physiology

  Exercise physiology is medical science that uses exercise to treat health conditions. It is proven that exercising and starting to move more can help improve any health condition with benefits including lifting your mood, improving memory, regulating blood sugar, enhancing circulation, helping prevent falls, strengthening your heart health, lungs and protects your joints and bones and can even increase…

How to keep fit during the holidays

How to keep fit during the holidays

  Holidays are filled with family obligations, travelling, festive outings and all sorts of delicious treats.  However, it is important to balance indulgence and stick to a health and wellness routine or create one if you don’t already have. Here are some tips to get you started:  Keep moving – Avoid sitting down for too long. Research shows that getting up…