It is an anxious time for many older Australians, but it is vital to take steps to maintain your health, while self-isolating. Injury Matters is encouraging older adults to keep moving, stay nourished with healthy food and mentally active at home.
Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager at Injury Matters, said “Staying physically active during this time of physical distancing is essential for older people. While it might be a little different to what you usually do, there are plenty of ways you can stay physically active while in the safety of your own home.”
Exercises that improve leg strength and balance include knee extensions, mini squats, sit to stand exercises, weight bearing activities, side steps, and tai chi. Eating regular meals from a range of food groups is also important for maintaining good health. Storable alternatives like long life dairy, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables are great options if you are unable to get to the shops as often.
“It’s important to remember to eat a variety of foods from the five food groups”. “While everyone is at home with a little more time on their hands, it’s a great chance to try some healthy new recipes” said Ms Meade.
Remember when choosing storable food products that some have added salt or sugar that should be avoided where possible. Alongside eating regular healthy meals, keep your mind active at home every day by scheduling things to do.
“Try activities such as puzzles, reading and home repairs to keep your mind active while at home. Why not learn that new language you have always wanted to? Avoid napping during the day, and if you can, call a friend or family member for a chat.”
“It is important to keep your daily schedule as normal and healthy as you can in this unique time,” said Ms Meade.
Stay On Your Feet® is WA’s leading falls prevention program for older adults living in the Western Australian community, which aims to reduce falls and fall-related injuries while encouraging confidence in independent living.
Injury Matters provides free resources, information and support for older adults through the Stay On Your Feet® program. To find out more ways to Improve Your Health while at home contact 1300 30 35 40 or visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au.