Ageing with a disability

By Daniel Justice

So you or your loved is living with a physical or intellectual disability.

Quite often with all the challenges in life people forget that no matter who you are, you need to keep fit and able otherwise you can lose the skills you have worked so hard to achieve.

It may sound over simple but the fact is if we don’t continually practise skills then we lose the ability to perform them whatever they are. The aim is to keep the skills, ability and fitness no matter who you are or whatever life throws at you.

As the years progress People who are not living with a disability often say well its to be expected I’m 60 or 90. People get slower or more unstable as they age.

If you were slow to gain the skill of walking as a child or needed assistance from a walking aid to do so, there is a very real risk that you will stop being able to walk many years before your peers that are not living with a disability.

If you are starting to rely on your walker more, fall or lose your balance it is likely that you will continue to do so more frequently and with a higher risk of injury as the months and years pass by.

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The great news is that it doesn’t have to be like that. The more you practice and the more you test your limits the longer you will hold onto your skills. The trick however is, how do you practice pushing the limits and completing a skill that is challenging in a safe manner, that doesn’t risk injury.

That’s where physiotherapy and/or exercise physiology comes into play. A therapist who has experience in disability and is able to assist in tailoring an exercise program to your specific needs and goals. There are many different options for how this looks from individual assistance, carer assisted, Independent, group, aquatic, pilates….. The list goes on.

If this is striking a chord with you we would love to help guide you to a stronger more balanced future. If we haven't got all the information or answers that you seek, we will happily point you in the right direction of someone who has. Send us a message or give us a call if you are ready to make the move to slowing the ageing process and staying as independent as possible for as long as possible.