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The Living Longer Living Stronger™ progressive strength training program operates at 100 sites across Victoria. Some programs are large and some are small, some operate from multiple sites and all vary slightly as they pursue best practice in strength training for older people. The Uniting AgeWell program is a good example of this, and Derek Cameron tells us why.
Derek Cameron has been overwhelmed by the results after using Uniting AgeWell’s state-of-the-art gym in Noble Park for just three months. The fully-supervised seniors gyms at Forest Hill, Oakleigh and Noble Park, are equipped with Helsinki University Research (HUR) air-resistance equipment that reduces stress on joints and allows users to work at their own pace. Smartcard technology also automatically sets the correct resistance, providing a tailored program for users, while allied health professionals are always on hand for support.
“I had emergency open heart surgery last year, so I had to build my strength back up carefully,” Derek says. “The Uniting AgeWell staff devised a program to suit my rehabilitation needs, and they took a lot of care and attention. I’ve come a long way in three months. I’m pretty much back to where I was before.”
Derek first learned about the fully-supervised seniors gym in his local newspaper and decided to give it a try. “There’s always somebody there to give you advice, tell you how to use the machines or keep an eye on you,” he says.
HUR Gym Project Manager, Amanda Mehegan, says while Uniting AgeWell provided senior services, the gyms are also suitable for clients under 65, including those with mobility challenges or disabilities.
“Before they get started, an allied health professional assesses every client and develops a personalised program for them. Once set up, the client inserts their card into the equipment. The equipment applies the correct resistance, prompts the client to use the equipment properly and monitors their repetitions. When clients are ready to increase the resistance, our team can adjust it by as little as 100g at a time, reducing the risk of overloading.”
The seniors gyms are a unique compliment to Uniting AgeWell’s allied health and therapy services, and support the Living Longer Living Stronger ™ philosophy. GPs, rehabilitation services, hospitals and other allied health professionals refer clients who are ready for exercise and wellness services.
“The HUR Gym system provides progress reports that clients find particularly motivating and can take to their GP or physiotherapist to share their journey,” Amanda says.
For more information about Uniting AgeWell’s seniors gyms, call 1300 783 435.
If you do not live close to Forest Hill, Oakleigh or Noble Park then visit COTA Victoria’s Living Longer Living Stronger™website to find out about the program closest to you or call us on 1300 13 50 90.