The “ageing population”
Last month, we posted a blog about how a wheelchair bound lady living in a residential home was able to complete a 5km walk with the help of her physiotherapist. This week in the CSP magazine ‘Frontline’, there is an article that talks about how care needs for the elderly population have increased dramatically over the past 20 years.
An article by Kingston et al (2017) stated that ‘the fastest growing section of the population is those aged 85 years and older’ with up to 20% living independently and free from disability despite multiple co-morbidities, however most will require care at some point. The article predicts that if dependency prevalence remains constant, by 2025 there will be an additional 353,000 older people with a large proportion having complex care needs that require sustained input from family carers or community health or social care teams to support independent living.
Adults aged 65 and over spend around 10 hours a day sitting or lying down. As you grow older, it is very important to try to stay active. Physical activity helps to stay healthy but also and very importantly to remain independent. The longer you remain independent, the longer you can have an active social life. Older people are more prone to falling, obesity, heart disease and mental illness. The risk of these can be significantly reduced with regular exercise.
One way to ensure independent living is to keep mobile. Physiotherapy plays a huge part in promoting independence. All the physiotherapists at Silver Physio will conduct a thorough assessment and devise an individualised exercise programme with realistic functional goals. Benefits of physiotherapy include improving cardiovascular function, improve range of movement and strength, reduce pain and fatigue.
Contact us today to find out how we at SilverPhysio can you keep you agile and feeling young:
(For the full article: Kingston A et al. Is late life dependency increasing or not? A comparison of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies)