It is well known that the elderly are at a higher risk of falling in their homes and the community than younger people. Having a fall can be a very traumatic experience resulting in fractures, head injuries and significant soft tissue injuries. In an elderly population, these types of injuries can be the catalyst to a downward spiral causing the individual to lose mobility, function and independence.

Research has confirmed many times that a supervised, functional, strength and balance programme decreases older peoples risk of falling.

Not only this but a simple, regular exercise programme has added benefits such as:
– Increased bone density
– Increased muscle strength
– Decreased joint pain
– Improved ease of activities of daily living
– Decreased physical disability
– Improved balance

And all the other usual benefits of exercise:
– Reduces cardiovascular disease
– Increases metabolism
– Improves blood sugar control and insulin resistance
– Improves hormone regulation
– Improves mental functioning
– Reduces stress
– Better quality of life and general health
– Improves mood
– Reduces risk of cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression, osteoporosis and premature death

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