Active Seniors

Suzy Oglesby

The importance of community

When researchers looked at the longest living and healthiest cultures in the world, they found a few key commonalities. High levels of physical activity was a major point, as most would imagine. Another was a largely plant based diet, which is consistent with the research linking higher fibre diets to a longer and healthier life. …

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How does exercise help in diabetes?

Approximately 1.2 million, or 5-6% of Australian adults have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as late onset diabetes, and is a systemic metabolic disease that causes reductions in insulin secretion and effectiveness. Regular exercise has been proven to be effective at promoting insulin secretion, improving insulin resistance and also reducing …

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All about the shoulder

While many people refer to the shoulder as just the arm attachment to the shoulder blade, there are actually 4 joints that make up the shoulder complex as it is sometimes described. Two of these are the attachments of the collarbone to the chest bone and at the other end to the shoulder blade itself, …

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Knee arthritis and exercise

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is an all too common condition that affects many people, especially as age increases. A study published in the Lancet in 2020 reported that just under a quarter of people over the age of 40 have knee OA. Some of the main modifiable risk factors for the development and also …

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Good health is a bit of a stretch

The words flexibility and mobility are often used interchangeably, however they are different in their meanings. The word flexibility is used to describe how well our joints move and our tissues can stretch so that we can move our joints through their complete ranges. Commonly people measure their flexibility by seeing how easily they can …

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What is your risk of falling?

Balance is an area of concern for many people as they get older. According to the Centre for Disease Control, one in every five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. Fortunately, research backed methods for identifying and addressing falls risk have developed over more recent years. In …

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