The PACE Strength and Mobility Program is a specific interactive exercise and education program to decrease the risk of falls and fall related injuries, improve balance, increase independence and quality of life of participants.
Research tells us that:
Fear of falling over and reduced confidence in your ability to maintain balance in daily activities such as walking along the footpath, gardening or doing work around the home is common in older adults. Falls can be predicted in older people by assessing key risk factors such as lower limb strength, walking (Gait) and balance in an individual. There a wide range of evidence that shows with specific individual based exercises, falls can be preventable in this at risk group. (1)
Falls affect a large number of Australians aged over 65 years with over 1/3 falling one or more times a year. (2)
With age the fall rate and the risk of multiple falls increases significantly. (3)
These falls have been shown to result in loss of mobility, disability, decreased quality of life and increased fear of falling. (4)
- Prevent falls or reduce the frequency of falls.
- Improve mobility and strength to make participant’s activities of daily living easier.
- Improve general health and conditioning to prevent other chronic conditions.
- Improve balance in static and dynamic functional tasks.
- Reduce reaction time and ability to maintain balance in response to changes in your environment.
- Develop an individual home based exercise program that you can complete on a regular basis.
What can I expect to get out of this course?
Qualified Professional Advise and Supervision:
- Program run by tertiary qualified exercise physiologist.
- Course claimable on private health insurance and medicare with appropriate referral.
Program Structure: (8 week program)
Initial Assessment Meet with your Exercise Physiologist to review your medical history and assess your current level of function.
Individual Sessions (1-2 sessions) Your Exercise Physiologist will prescribe a home exercise program for you to complete on a regular basis and provide you with the skills to improve.
Small Group Sessions (5 sessions) The program will be based in a small group setting, with participant numbers ranging from 4-8, these sessions will be interactive and designed to progress and consolidate on the exercises you will be doing at home.
Reassessment and Future Planning We will review your progress and develop goals to maintain the gains achieved during your course. Please contact your nearest PACE clinic to find out more.
The PACE Strength and Mobility Program has been created to be consistent with Exercise and Sports Science Australia position statement on falls prevention which outlines the best practice exercise prescription.
You must consult your General Practitioner or Treating Specialist for approval to commence this course.
References (1) Lord SR, Ward JA, Williams P, et al. Physiological factors associated with falls in older community-dwelling women. J Am Geriatr Soc 1994;42(10):1110–1117. (2) Sattin RW. Falls among older persons: a public health perspective. Annu Rev Public Health 1992;13:489–508. (2) Lord SR, Sherrington C, Menz HB, et al. Falls in older eople: risk factors and strategies for prevention. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2006.