SAGE Study And Senior Balance Exercises
Senior Balance Exercises For Aging Adults
By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com
Medical researchers have been documenting the shift in the global population towards an abundance of older individuals and the need for basic health initiatives including healthy eating, physical fitness and practicing senior balance exercises to reduce the risk of falling. Please see more information at http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Recently a study by the world Health Organization has been published called SAGE: Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. The WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) involves nationally representative cohorts of respondents aged 50 and over in six countries (China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa), who will be followed as they age. A cohort of respondents aged 18 to 49 also will be followed over time in each country for comparison. The first wave of SAGE data collection (2007-2010) has been completed, with future waves planned for 2012 and 2014. In addition to myriad demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, the study collects data on risk factors, health exams, and biomarkers. Biomarkers such as blood pressure and pulse rate, height and weight, hip and waist circumference, and blood spots from finger pricks, are valuable and objective measures that improve the precision of self-reported health in the survey. SAGE also collects data on grip strength and lung capacity and administers tests of cognition, vision, and mobility to produce objective indicators of respondents’ health and ability to carry out basic activities of daily living. As additional waves of data are collected during these respondents’ later years, the study will seek to monitor health interventions and address changes in respondents’ well-being. A primary objective of SAGE is to obtain reliable and valid data that allow for international comparisons. Researchers derive a composite measure from responses to 16 questions about health and physical limitations. This health score ranges from 0 (worst health) to 100 (best health) and is shown for men and women in each of the six SAGE countries in Figure 10. In each country, the health status score declines with age, as expected. And at each age in each country, the score for males is higher than for females. Women live longer than men on average, but have poorer health status.
The number of disabled people in most developing countries seems certain to increase as the number of older people continues to rise. Health systems need better data to understand the health risks faced by older people and to target appropriate prevention and intervention services. The SAGE data show that the percentage of people with at least three of six health risk factors (physical inactivity, current tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, a high-risk waist-hip ratio, hypertension, or obesity) rises with age, but the patterns and the percentages vary by country. One of SAGE’s important contributions will be to assess how these risk-factor profiles affect current and future disability. Smaller family size and declining prevalence of co-residence by multiple generations likely will introduce further challenges for families in developing countries in caring for older relatives.
Senior Balance Exercises Across The World
Medical professionals the world over understand that preventing falls for elderly people is a key to maintaining good quality of life and controlling rising healthcare costs and can be helped by having older individuals perform senior balance exercises as part of a regular fitness program. Now older adults can rehearse equilibrium routines at home by following along with the instruction of a knowledgeable physical therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.
Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD
Join millions and get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry, walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button
Stay steady by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.
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