Ageing: Health/Physical Fitness

Mobility Exercises –  Baylor University offers a fine resource on mobility that includes a self-assessment test, resources and exercises to build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.

Mobility Stations Take the Lead has designed a program to improve general fitness, general well-being, muscle strength, blood circulation and breathing, and mobility. A 6 hour practical workshop for care staff (both in care homes and in the community) explores risk factors for falls, the impact of falls, and falls prevention. This practical course is accredited by Active Ageing Australia, with each participant receiving a certificate of attendance and a manual to refer to going forward.

Brain Health:  You injure your brain when you don’t sleep enough, eat too much and don’t exercise. Margaret Young, CEO of Boundaryless Aging and Pass It On Network’s liaison in Vancouver, tracked the latest information available on Ageing and Brain Health Health at a two-day conference in Canada and shares her insights.

Healthcare Toolkit: “What Matters” to Older Adults? –  A toolkit for health systems to design better care with older adults. An initiative of The John A. Hartf ord Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership w ith the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).

Healthy Life Expectancy – Closing a 20 Year Gap – What if our first goal as seniors were to keep ourselves well above the threshold for dependency? In fact, this is the new goal set by WHO and Europe’s Age Platform to increase “healthy life expectancy”. The major public health goal is “to live not just long but also healthy lives” and it suggests the use of “healthy life expectancy” as the measure of health care success. The current gap between life expectancy (80) and life expectancy in good health (62) is close to 20 years. AGE Platform has been campaigning for this goal since the creation of the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing in 2011. The World Health Organization (WHO) will now use “healthy life expectancy” as the primary measure of success for its focus on developing age-friendly environments for healthy ageing lifelong.

Understanding the Male Menopause and Mental Health – This guide covers important topics to increase understanding of the hormonal changes affecting up to one-third of men age 40 and up, described as “male menopause.” It details the effects of male menopause on men’s mental wellbeing – from memory loss and lowered libido to secondary effects like fatigue, insomnia, and irrationality – and their impact on daily life. The material separates facts from fiction, however, and shows why it can be misleading (and harmful) to group the different changes and conditions affecting men as they age under this label.