Physiotherapy group exercise classes are an effective way to keep residents in nursing and residential homes active in a social environment.
Exercise programs are developed by our expert physiotherapists in conjunction with doctors and nursing staff. Before commencing group exercise classes our physiotherapists undertake a comprehensive assessment of each resident’s mobility, fitness and pain. This assessment is to ensure each exercise is suitable for their clinical needs and provides a foundation to track their progress throughout the program.
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The benefits of regular group exercise classes on residents are:
An aged care group exercise program may include:
Group exercise classes are a key component of Therapyxis Care Home Physio Service.
The importance of physical activity in this older population cannot be underestimated and there is good evidence that prevention or minimisation of the impact of sedentary lifestyles can have dramatic effects on physical and psychological health.
How Seniors Can Benefit from Adopting an Exercise Regimen
The benefits of physical activity for people of all ages are often touted, but is it safe for seniors to exercise? According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, almost all older people can benefit from more physical activity. In fact, regular exercise prevents chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury.
As we age, our bodies take a little longer to repair themselves, but moderate physical activity is good for people of all ages and ability levels. In fact, for most people, the benefits of exercising regularly far outweigh the risks. Even older individuals with chronic illnesses can find ways to work out safely. Many medical conditions can be improved through physical exercise, including Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, heart disease, diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, obesity and much more.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits, including improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar management, reduced amounts of lipids in the blood, better bone and joint health, and long-term preservation of neurocognitive function.
Other positive effects of physical activity include:
A consistent exercise schedule is also associated with decreased mortality and age-related morbidity in older adults. In addition, a study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that seniors who exercised experienced improvements in functional reach and balance and reduced the participants’ fears of falling.
Physical Activities for Individuals with Limited Experience and Abilities
There are people of all ages whose physical abilities are limited by medical conditions, injuries or general frailty. These individuals have to exercise more carefully than others, but with proper instruction and guidance, they can learn activities and exercises that improve mobility and strength. Exercise is even more important for these individuals since they are more prone to inactivity, which increases the risk of obesity, illness, falling and broken bones.
Exercise classes in group settings that are supervised by trained professionals are ideal for those with specific limitations. Our experienced Physiotherapists can offer real-time modifications of each move and can develop and/or recommend entire regimens for specific improvements despite one’s unique challenges.