August 16, 2011 > Exercise DOES Make a Difference!
Exercise DOES Make a Difference!
A message to Tri City homebound seniors over the age of sixty and their family members
Paul is 89 years of age and lives in the house he and his wife purchased over 47 years ago. He had been pleased to continue living in his own home, independently and being able to maintain his garden - a longtime interest and hobby. Not long ago while gardening, Paul fell, hit his head and was knocked unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he was unable to get up, but luckily had his cell phone nearby and called his son. While Paul was not seriously injured, he rarely went out in the garden after this unsettling experience.
In time, Paul began to struggle with depression due to this significant change in the level of his activities. He felt uncertain about his mobility and became less and less inclined to venture out of doors. One day when talking to his friend, Mike, he learned about an in home exercise program sponsored by LIFE ElderCare. Mike had been enrolled for a month and told Paul he couldn't believe how much stronger he felt and that he was even walking around the block each day on his own. He thought Paul might also benefit from the program.
When Paul called the LIFE ElderCare office, he was told about the 12-week session that would be specifically tailored to meet his needs. He was enthusiastic about giving it a try. The next step was an evaluation by a certified fitness trainer who tested his balance and gait, an exercise routine was prescribed and sent to Paul's primary care physician for approval. Following the doctor's confirmation, LIFE ElderCare scheduled an hour appointment, once a week in his home for the next twelve weeks. This program includes a partnership with Unitek College nursing students, who visit enrolled individuals and serve as their coach and monitor the progress they make in doing simply callisthenic exercises using a resistance band.
Now fast forward some ten weeks. Paul has been doing the exercises on his own, three times a week. He can already see the results of his exercising. And he is so proud of the fact that his balance and gait have improved immeasurably. Paul told the student nurse that he is not using his cane as often, he can tie his shoes with no effort and he is sleeping better. And the best of all news - Paul is back out in the garden again - doing what he loves most of all.
So Tri City seniors sixty years of age and older, no matter your health issues, bed-ridden, chair bound or simply afraid of falling, doing custom designed, daily exercises will improve your mobility.
LIFE ElderCare's Fall Prevention program, at no cost to you, includes a personalized 12-week in home exercise program, a home safety check and a medication review. Interested persons are encouraged to call Sandy at (510) 574-2087 and learn about the benefits towards decreasing the risk for falls and fear of falling.