Elderly mobility can often be in a gradual state of decline as, with ageing, our capacity to retain muscle & bone mass becomes diminished for a number of physiological reasons:
We tend to become less active meaning we don’t load the body as much as we should. The saying ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’ is certainly true in this case!
There is an age related reduction in the amount of our muscle & bone building hormones. Weaker bones leads to an increased risk of fractures and osteoperosis. Statistically, the Royal Osteoperosis Society report that 1 in 2 women & 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 experience fractures for this reason. Therefore, our ability to maintain muscle & bone, especially combined with inactivity, can become an issue in terms of elderly mobility.
There is also a decline in the way we process food with a reduction in the capacity for our bodies to utilise nutrients as efficiently.
These issues can all lead to increased risk of fractures, reduced mobility & a lower quality of life.
However, all is not lost! I have had great results with elderly mobility clients using simple body weight movements & walking practice when appropriate. In a number of cases improving the execution of day to day movements has improved mobility, strength, mood, confidence & independance of elderly clients. At RecoveryPro we believe that it is never to late…if you are willing to try, we can help you improve!