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Move it, don’t lose it!

Posted 17 August 2017

You are never too old or frail to participate in physical activity.

That’s the message from Dr Frances Batchelor, keynote speaker at the VHA’s Celebrating Aged Care Active for Life event at the MCG today.

Dr Batchelor, Director of Health Promotion at the National Ageing Research Institute, said while formal exercise programs were important it wasn’t necessarily the most effective approach.

“Incidental activity is probably more important than an exercise regime,” she said.

She also challenged some health services which are setting “zero falls targets”.

“I think to have zero falls rate means that no one is moving. Of course we need to do whatever it takes to minimize the risk of falls.

“But we need to be saying to our families and our residents that going outside is good for you, but caution it might increase the risk of falls.

“That might be as simple as fixing the path outside.”

Dr Batchelor predicted the issue of activity for older people was set to deteriorate.

“The older generation now were very physically active as younger people. But as we know, the younger generation is not, so that’s going to be interesting.

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