Physiotherapist-designed website helps older people stay active at home

Physiotherapist walking with older woman

Leading physiotherapists concerned ‘stay at home’ restrictions could exacerbate falls and poor physical function in older people have developed a new website to support older Australians to stay active – safely – at home.

Launched by a collaboration of Australian clinicians and physiotherapy researchers from 10 universities, institutes and health services, the website, www.safexerciseathome.org.au shares simple functional exercises and gives ideas of safe ways for older people to increase activity levels while at home.

University of Melbourne and Western Health Associate Professor Cathy Said, who played an integral role in pulling the website together, said it’s vital for people who were physically active before the restrictions to try to replicate that level of activity while staying home.

Older lady walking

“Under current circumstances, older people are missing out on their weekly round of golf, bowls or exercise classes, which over a sustained period of time could be really detrimental,” Associate Professor Said reported.

“Even if you weren’t doing a regular exercise program before the restrictions, you are likely to be less physically active as you will be missing a lot of incidental exercise. This could be a great time to start a regular exercise program.”

The website, accessible via desktop or mobile, provides information and instructional videos at three different levels of function and fitness, as well as tips on staying motivated and safe while exercising at home.

We were delighted to see Professor Said interviewed about her thoughts on the topic on 7News earlier this week.

View the full clip here