MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information contained on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition, or before beginning any exercise program

Toll Free Senior Line 

 

The toll-free Seniors Information Line provides  a traditional method of speaking with a bilingual, customer-service oriented telephone agent. For basic information on government programs and services for seniors, their families and caregivers please contact:

1-855-550-0552

Tele-Care

 

If you or someone you know requires non-urgent health advice or information, call Tele-Care. A registered nurse will assess your needs and provide information, education and/or advice as required. For access to this confidential and bilingual toll-free telephone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week please dial:

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For medical emergencies, immediately call  911  or visit your local emergency department.

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Physical Activity

Once assessed for the physical factors leading to impairments, exercise prescription must be appropriate for the deficits identified and the health profile of the client. As the level of risk increases and overall health of the client deteriorates, exercise prescription becomes more focused, more time intensive and more tailored to the needs of the client.

As the level of risk increases, a tailored exercise program needs to be part of a multifactorial approach to falls risk reduction. Exercise prescription must account for safety, and it must specifically challenge balance.

Challenging balance requires decreasing the base of support and decreasing the use of the upper extremities for support. Strengthening of upper extremities is also important in the overall risk management for the individual.

 

Exercises need to be of sufficient duration and intensity; it has been suggested that 50 hours over 12 weeks is appropriate. Progress toward standing exercises as the client’s health profile allows. Seated exercises cannot address standing balance.

Community and in-home exercise have been shown to be effective. Encourage continued participation in a maintenance exercise program after a formal treatment program has been completed. Incorporating discussion of behaviour modification into an exercise program helps establish goal setting for continuing engagement in physical activity.

 

Resources:

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis