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05 May 20

Use it or lose it - new website helps older people stay active at home

Leading physiotherapists from across Australia, who were concerned ‘stay at home’ restrictions related to COVID-19 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.

The Safe Exercise at Home website safeexerciseathome.org.au shares simple functional exercises and gives ideas of safe ways for older people to increase activity levels while at home. The website is accessible from desktop or mobile and 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. 

The website also includes motivation from older adults who have mastered ‘staying active’ during the pandemic and is aimed to be a valuable resource while restrictions remain in place during the pandemic, but also longer term to support safe exercise participation. The website also includes resources for health professionals.

The team involved many AAG members in developing the website through multiple on-line meetings over approximately one month included Cathy Said, Cathie Sherrington, Keith Hill, Michele Callisaya, Frances Batchelor, Shylie Mackintosh, Anne-Marie Hill, Stephanie Fu, and Rik Dawson.

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