Living Longer Living Stronger Launch
Living Longer Living Stronger is Western Australia’s largest and most successful seniors’ health and fitness program. It is an evidence based program of progressive strength training for the over 50’s, which plays a leading part in preventing falls, reducing osteoarthritis and bone density erosion, managing cardiovascular health, and preventing cognitive decline and depression. It operates in 60 locations in Western Australia, with around 5,000 regular participants. It also plays a vital role with restoring social activity to isolated seniors’, and reconnecting them with their communities.
Curtin will be bringing world class facilities and expertise to the service, joining the highly qualified centres offering Living Longer Living Stronger at the Tier One level of the service, which can cater for seniors with extensive and chronic health care needs. All participants will be provided a personalised exercise program following a medical assessment. These programs are then administered by a specially qualified fitness instructor who has received additional training in seniors’ exercise prescriptions and requirements.
Associate Professor Andrew Maiorana, secured endorsement for Curtin as a preferred provider for Living Longer Living Stronger by the Council of the Ageing and on Tuesday 19 January, Professor Keith Hill Head of School, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science hosted the launch of this program at Curtin. The Living Longer Living Stronger classes will be supervised by Accredited Exercise Physiologist Debbie Cooper supported by physiotherapy and exercise science students on placement in Curtin’s Interprofessional Health and Wellness Centre.
For further information on the Living Longer Living Strong initiative, visit http://www.lllswa.org.au.