Specialising in exercise for the more mature or the less able-bodied

is challenging but very rewarding, i`ve been specializing in this area now for nearly 10 years, and still after specialising in this area after all these years i still find that i am still learning  constantly, searching and discovering new techniques to deliver effective sessions to special populations

As instructors we talk, talk, talk, constantly throwing out instructions, telling people what to do and how to do it! teaching points, teaching points and more teaching points but how often are our efforts really understood and soaked in by those who we aim all our good intentions to the most,   finding  the best technique and  being  open to learn from our participants as much as we want them to learn from us, is a way i have discovered that works well for me.  A lot of our older participants come to class because they have been refered to by another health care professional and thinks that because their Dr or the nice nurse has told them to do so that if they turn up they will become better after their allocated number of sessions, “if that was as easy as that wouldn’t life be great” sadly life isn’t like that, and sadly we see participants being re refered to us after they have fallen out of the programmes, and once again fallen and returning back into the system at a great cost of not only to the NHS but to themself`s, According to the severity of the fall some faller`s end up with a few bruises and sore spots, some break hips, wrists or collar bones, some never return home and remain in residential care, but mostly all end up with damaged confidence and constant fear of falling, irreparable damage, As instructors we need to help repair some of that damage in a way that not only do we encourage our participants become fitter and stronger but we have to help to repair some of that broken confidence and be able to talk freely about what brought us to this venerable state of well-being in the first place and once we can identify what has brought us to this vulnerable place, we can start to repair our confidence and prevent falls happening again

recognising why we fall is first point of call, we can help our older family members or advise our participants by

  • Medication review when was the last time a medication review took place, since then has more medication been prescribed since last review could this be causing side affects?
  • Sight Test – Is eye health in optimum condition, are glasses still appropriate
  • Home hazard – is the home safe

Tips for preventing falls in the home include:

  • mopping up spillages straight away
  • removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet
  • using non-slip mats and rugs
  • using high-wattage light bulbs in lamps and torches so that you can see clearly
  • organising your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum and to avoid bumping into things
  • getting help to do things that you are unable to do safely on your own
  • not walking on slippery floors in socks or tights
  • not wearing loose-fitting, trailing clothes that might trip you up
  • wearing well-fitting shoes and slippers that are in good condition and support the ankle
  • taking care of your feet by trimming toenails regularly, using moisturizer and seeing a GP or chiropodist about any foot problems

And of course staying healthy and active will go a very long way

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About maturemovers

Exercise Specialist ~ Sports Therapist

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