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COVID-19, social isolation and health ageing: How can we support older people?

COVID-19 impacts everyone and has changed the way that people live, work and communicate, with older adults also having an increased risk for complications from COVID-19.

Last week Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager at Injury Matters, sat down (virtually) with Dr Julie Dare from Edith Cowan University to talk about the impact of COVID-19, social isolation and how people working with older adults can continue to provide support and promote healthy ageing within the context of the pandemic.

“Everybody as a community needs to think about how they’re staying in touch with their older friends, relatives or neighbour.”           Dr Julie Dare

Tune in and hear Julie’s insight into what the current social distancing restrictions mean for older people, what appropriate support is available for older people who are feeling anxious during the pandemic, and tips around how we can meaningfully engage with older people.

Watch the interview here.

Introduction to the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) and Otago Exercise Programs

Are you a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or exercise physiologist working with older adults? Are you looking to deliver an exercise program proven to prevent falls?

Attend this one-day intensive workshop, delivered by senior physiotherapist and falls specialist, Tony Petta, to learn about the LiFE and Otago programs and to acquire the skills and confidence to implement these programs with at risk clients in your clinical practice.

This workshop provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn the strength and balance principles of the LiFE and Otago programs
  • Acquire the skills and confidence to deliver the LiFE and Otago programs; including assessing participants, tailoring the program and ensuring exercises are performed safely
  • Increase your ability to be able to provide effective feedback and motivate LiFE and Otago program participants
  • Share your experience and knowledge with other clinicians in implementing exercise and activity programs when working with older adults at risk of falling.

About the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) Program:

The LiFE program is a novel approach to exercise which aims to embed balance and strength activities within the everyday tasks of the older person. The program is best targeted towards older adults who are at risk of falling or have previously fallen and who do not have a significant cognitive impairment that would impact on their ability to exercise safely whilst unsupervised.

About the Otago Exercise Program

The Otago Exercise program is an individually tailored, home based balance and strength falls prevention program delivered to older adults by a trained instructor. The program has shown to be effective in reducing the number of falls and number of injuries resulting from falls. The Otago Exercise program is most effective and best targeted towards older adults at highest risk, including those over 80 years of age and those who have previously fallen.1

About your instructor

Tony Petta is a senior physiotherapist working in falls prevention at the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care Unit, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. His clinical interest predominantly focuses on working with people over 65 years within the community and residential aged care setting. Tony has over 25 years of experience in the tertiary health care system.

Fees

$285.00 + GST
Fee includes the LiFE Trainer and Participant’s Manual to Prevent Falls

Venue

Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre
303 Pinjarra Rd
Mandurah, WA 6210

Date & Time

Friday  20 October 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Morning tea and lunch provided

Contact

For more information, phone 1300 30 35 40 or email [email protected]. Click here to download the event flyer.

To register, click here.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

1.  Robertson, M. C., Devlin, N., Gardner, M. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2001). Effectiveness and economic evaluation of a nurse delivered   home exercise programme to prevent falls. 1: Randomised controlled trial. BMJ322 (7288), 697.

Build Your Balance Forum

Are you a trainer or fitness instructor working with older adults in the community? Would you like to learn more about the physiological changes with ageing and how this impacts on balance? If yes, then why not attend the Stay On Your Feet® Build Your Balance Forum to learn about:

  • The theory of balance (in relation to falls prevention)
  • Physiological changes with ageing and how to address these through balance
  • Balance exercises and progressions
  • Pre-exercise screening
  • Tools and methods for screening
  • Interpreting results and assessing falls risk
  • Incorporating balance into exercise programs/activities
  • How to deliver a balance focused falls prevention program

Guest Speakers

Dr Jenny Conlon: Ph.D. Sports Science, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)(ESSAM), Certified Conditioning and Strength Specialist (CSCS). Jenny is a firm believer that ‘exercise is medicine’ and uses this as the foundation of everything she sets out to do professionally.

Anthony Imms: Anthony completed his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 1998 and has experience in the private practice and community settings, and is the Practice Principle of HomeCare Physiotherapy, The Falls Prevention Clinic and LifeCare Phoenix Physiotherapy.

Joanna Hickley: Joanna has a Bachelor of Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science majoring in Exercise Prescription Management and Sport and Leisure Studies from University of Otago in New Zealand. She currently works as the Wellness Program Coordinator at Ocean Gardens Retirement Village.

Fees

$55.00 + GST – General Admission
$25.00 + GST – Webinar

Venue

Bendat Community Centre
36 Dodd St
Wembley

Date & Time

Saturday 14 October 2017
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact

For more information, phone 1300 30 35 40 or email [email protected]. Click here to download the event flyer.

To register, click here.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

Active Balance Workshop

Are you a therapy assistant or activity coordinator working with older adults in the community or supporting an Allied Health therapist in their role? Are you a gym instructor or group exercise leader in the community working with older adults?

Would you like to learn more about the importance of balance and what you can do? If yes, then why not attend the Stay On Your Feet® Active Balance?

This workshop will provide you with insight into the incidence and impact of falls, how ageing affects balance, as well as explore evidence-based exercise strategies that you can incorporate into your existing programs to support older adults to improve their balance and prevent falls.

Fees

$50.00 + GST

Venue

Geographe Leisure Centre
Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Recreation Lane
West Busselton, WA 6280

Date & Time

Friday 8 September 2017
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Morning tea provided

Contact

For further details on the course outline, please contact Sonya Clark via email at [email protected]. Click here to download the event flyer.

To register, click here.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

Build Your Balance Launch

Join us at the launch of the new Stay On Your Feet® Build Your Balance campaign and participate in the Wheatbelt’s biggest senior Stay Active class. Hosted in conjunction with Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health, the event celebrates 20 years of Stay Active classes in the Wheatbelt and recognises the dedicated Stay Active volunteers. With an array of exciting activities taking place, come along on the day to:

  • Find out why balance is important to keep you strong and independent
  • Have your balance tested
  • Take part in a tai chi class
  • Enjoy a free lunch!

Fees

Free of charge

Venue

John Higgins Centre, Narrogin

Date & Time

Friday  1 September 2017
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact

Please RSVP to Paige at Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health on (08) 9881 0385 or email [email protected]. Click here to download the event flyer.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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