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Archived material can be found in IPTOP Newsletters as follows:
- Newsletter 20: Information related to Physical Activity and older people [link to follow six months after current newsletter has been distributed to IPTOP members]
The Swiss Group have provided sight of one of its newsletters for information.
As we come to the end of 2012, designated by The European Commission as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY 2012), IPTOP provided information to members about exercise resources for the older adult that will help physical therapists promote activity. Below you will find some of the exercise DVD’s and also resource sites available around the world, some that are country-specific.
We have tried to include the ones that can be viewed online so everyone can access them, and that promote activity and exercise with older adults.
Please note that the IPTOP committee has not reviewed all the resources, so we cannot endorse any of the products on this list.
The list is also not comprehensive, so if IPTOP members know of other resources they use in practice that other therapists will benefit from, please email details to the Web Manager.
Belgium: Prevention of falls website (official website of the Expertise Centre for Falls prevention). There are 4 items with more specific explanation, a home page, with general information; a general public information page (algemeen), a page of information for the care-taker, and a final information page for organisations and cities. In the third (Zorg) you will find information useful to a physical therapist such as videos, exercise programmes, assessments and so on.
Iceland: Balanced is a short educational film (on CD and DVD) about balance and balance training, published by the Icelandic Physical Therapy Association, on its 70th anniversary. The film covers the control of posture and changes that can occur in connection with increasing age, diseases or accidents. Introduced are research results that inspired the idea of stimulating the sensory systems when training balance. This new method has been beneficial for the elderly as well as individuals with vestibular disturbances, balance disorders in connection with head and neck injuries and people with neurological conditions.
The authors, Dr Ella Kolburn Kristinsdóttir and Bergthora Baldursdottir, MSc. developed this new training method at the University Hospital, Physiotherapy Department, Landakot.
The film, total length 28:20 min, is divided into:
- A short overview on postural control and changes associated with sensory deficiencies
Exercises to improve:
- vestibular function and eye control
- combined proprioceptive and vestibular function
- fall prevention movements
The CD has a printable list of exercises and the discs are obtainable from the office of the Icelandic Physical Therapy Association who can be contacted via email at email@example.com
For further information please contact the authors:
Website designed for adults or older people at work or in the community. active@ work, a national physical activity programme developed for small, medium and large sized workplaces is also suitable, relevant and practical for community groups, and the public at large. active@work includes a number of challenges to encourage more activity, such as the five-week Walk or Step Challenge, the four-week Heart Points Challenge and a Desk Work-Out programme which is available on CD and on the website. Desk Work-Out includes aerobic, stretching and strengthening activities. For further information visit www.irishheart.ie/workplace
Go for Life Physical Activity Leaders (PALS)
A series of eight workshops enabling older people to become Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) who can lead members of their own groups or communities in short exercise routines, simple dances, fun games and recreational sports. For further information visit www.ageandopportunity.ie
Sli na Slainte which means 'Path to Health' encourages people of all ages and abilities to walk for health and leisure more often. The programme is supported by a network of 170 established signposted walking routes nationwide. The Sli na Slainte programme also offers Walking Leader Training courses to individuals wishing to set up a walking group in their community or workplace. For further information visit www.irishheart.ie/sli
Age UK (previously Age Concern and Help the Aged) endorse or have produced several exercise DVDs:
Age NI have produced a DVD "Exercise with Liz", which they describe as ‘a fun exercise DVD featuring a sing-along piano accompaniment, you can exercise in the comfort of your own home’, advertised as a good follow up after physiotherapy has finished. The 40-minute DVD has a warm up, main exercise (including balance) and a cool down section. Exercises are led by Liz Wood, who has worked with older people for over 20 years, running classes for those aged from 60 to 90 and above! Information about costs and a short video excerpt can be found at www.ageuk.org.uk/Exercise-With-Liz
Angela Rippon's - "Fabulously Fit at Fifty and Beyond" is a simple-to-follow programme led by Angela with the help of qualified instructress Sheena Land. They demonstrate easy exercises that work on five key exercise areas - balance, power, strength, flexibility and endurance - to maintain a healthy life after 50. Available from www.play.com
Move it or Lose it: Exercise for Older People includes 3 DVD routines led by Julie Robinson. The first DVD is for beginners, with gentle, guided exercises for less mobile people who need to strengthen their muscles, improve mobility and cannot exercise standing up; the seated routine has been endorsed by The Centre for Healthy Active Ageing, University of Birmingham. In the second DVD, people have the option of standing up to exercise, and in the third DVD, the exercises concentrate on muscle strength with eight different exercises using resistance bands. Information can be found through www.moveitorloseit.co.uk
British Heart Foundation work, including resources to support national and local partnerships and agencies who wish to stage their own local events. See www.active-ageing-events.org.uk for further information.
These resources provide advice and guidance on planning local events and include:
The Active Ageing Coordinator's Planning Guide, The Guide to Active Ageing Promotion, Active Ageing Ideas for Action, Active Ageing Community Organisations' Guide. The materials and ideas will help an organisation to host their own local events and promote Active Ageing.
For further details of the Department for Work and Pensions Full of Life campaign visit www.dwp.gov.uk/fulloflife
For additional information on the promotion of physical activity with older people visit www.bhfactive.org.uk where you can download the Active for Later Life Resource and the BHFNC Guidelines on Older People and Physical Activity.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability is a collaboration of universities and leading health advocacy and disability organizations, creating links to the program initiatives ongoing across the USA. In addition to its many resources, the Centre has produced a comprehensive list of commercially available exercise videos appropriate for individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions. They advertise the use of exercise videos as a ‘great way to start a home exercise program, and provides another cardiovascular and/or strengthening exercise option for regular exercisers’. Information about the list and about the Centre can be found at www.ncpad.org/351/2036/Exercise~Video~List
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) physical activity videos (for people of all ages). The CDC is a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services. CDC′s mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. Their website has many resources devoted to health and disease prevention.
American Geriatrics Society Foundation The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. They have a feature called Ask the Geriatrician (MD specializing in the care of older adults).
National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Aging Since 1974, the NIA - one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the US National Institutes for Health - has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.
Go for life video - designed for older adults, this DVD features strength, balance, and flexibility exercises that can be done at home, at work, at the gym—almost anywhere.
NIH Senior Health - NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Access a series of exercise and instructional videos
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 80,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
A component section of the APTA, the Section on Geriatrics supports those therapists, assistants, and students that work with an aging population in roles of advocacy, direct patient care, consultation, supervision, and education. The Section on Geriatrics was formed in 1978 to address the needs of the physical therapy practitioner working with the aging client. The Section represents and serves over 5,000 members with a wide array of services and benefits.
The evidence-based Stand Tall Exercise Program was developed by Dr. Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS based on her research at UCSF SFSU to reverse the postural changes that often occur in the older adult.
"More Than Stretch: Senior Fitness for Good Health", also available from www.play.com. Exercise to music with stretching and strengthening, balance and posture, techniques for relaxation and breathing, and rebuilding and maintaining a healthy back. Led by Charlotte Michos, who specializes in working with older adults and who has over thirty years of experience in the health field as a nurse, is a professor of nursing, and has an extensive background in fitness as a dancer and instructor.
The Thematic Network for Adapted Physical Activity (THENAPA) II: "Ageing and disability - a new crossing between physical activity, social inclusion and life-long well-being" available at www.thenapa2.org/about/index.htm Under "Products" you will find cards, DVDs, brochures, and more - these products are translated in most of the European languages.
The work of EuroHealthNet, a not for profit organisation networking public bodies working in the fields of health promotion, public health, disease prevention and health determinants – the factors behind good or ill health. EuroHealthNet comprises of national and regional bodies working on policy, research and implementation approaches which contribute to improving health, wellbeing and equity between and within all the countries that are members of or associated with the European Union.
Healthy and Active ageing (2012) is a report that provides a selection of policies, programmes and interventions that are currently or have been applied in the EU and it’s Member States, as well as by WHO and Canada, to promote the health of ‘younger’ older people. Dispersed through the text, which provides evidence on different aspects on the health of and health promotion for this population group, are examples of key resources that can provide further information for developing effective health promoting interventions for this group. The final section of this report contains a compendium of 87 projects that contribute to the health and well-being of ‘younger’ older people.
WCPT launches glossary for the profession
WCPT is pleased to announce the launch of its glossary. Supporting the Confederation’s policies and guidelines, it has been developed to aid international interpretation and promote a global consistency in terminology.
Citing the importance of having an international glossary WCPT’s President, Marilyn Moffat, says “WCPT’s glossary is the first A-Z covering professional and educational issues, rather than practice interventions. To support the development and implementation of WCPT’s policies and guidelines a clear understanding of terminology internationally is important and this glossary is designed to facilitate that and promote consistency. We’re hopeful that this will be a valuable resource for the profession and one that will continue to grow over time”.
With over 170 fully referenced terms the glossary is a significant tool for WCPT’s member organisations, regions, subgroups and individual physical therapists. WCPT is encouraging the wide use of these international terms.
The glossary may be accessed as:
- What is WCPT?
- What is physical therapy?
- Executive Committee
- General Meeting