This week is national falls awareness week. Charity Age UK reports that more than 250,000 people aged over 60 are hospitalised each year due to falls. Every year one older person in three will fall over, sometimes with profound physical, emotional and financial consequences (information from study by Dr Heather Hall – physiotherapist and falls lead practitioner in Scotland).Falls and the fear of falling can make older people lose their confidence in how they go about their daily activities and can affect their level of independence and cause isolation. As a physiotherapist working with older adults I often play a key role in falls prevention, not only in assessment and treatment to improve balance, strength and mobility, but in assessing someone holistically to identify the many other factors contributing to falls. Read more..
Having a review of your physical abilities can be particularly helpful if you are living with a long-term condition such as a Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, or if you have had a recent set back such as a fall or an operation which has affected your mobility and confidence. Rather like our cars having a regular MOT or service, a physiotherapy MOT will review how your body as a whole is performing, but also the different components such as balance, movement, strength and co-ordination. Read more..
Last month I became a Dignity Champion in support of the need to deliver care services that respect dignity in care (www.dignityincare.org.uk). As part of Dignity Action Day I joined forces with Amy Rose, a local community dance artist, to provide a seated dance exercise class for older adults at Whitaker day centre in Derby. All participants said they really enjoyed the class which involves movement to music whilst using props such as scarves, feather boas and hats. Read more..