Senior Living Studies

Senior Living - Tony

Objective

Exercising with arthritic knees to lose weight and improve back health to extend quality of life.

Background

At the age of 72, Tony suffers with arthritic knees and back pains which can be uncomfortable for him. However, despite his age and pains, Tony enjoys being active and was looking for way to keep fit and carry on living life to the full as well as losing weight.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes per session
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 3.0kph to 5.0kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1100mm down to 900mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 12

Outcomes

Life is busy for Tony as his business is quite demanding and he also has three grandchildren and enjoys many hobbies. Losing weight will take the strain off his back and knees, which will make a difference to his ongoing health and wellbeing. Tony completed 12 sessions in an aim to achieve his goal, using both a treadmill and a wellness pool. Exercising in the water fully decompresses his knee joints and makes it a pain-free experience, whilst adding resistance and therefore increasing the intensity of his workout.

The programme of aquatic therapy allowed Tony to lose weight which also contributed towards him experiencing less back and knee pain. He also reports that his knees are more flexible and feels positive that exercising this way is making a difference. Building his core muscles will improve Tony's balance and correct some of his postural problems. Balance is a vital element in the ageing process as a way to address falls prevention.

Wellness - Sheila

Objective

Keeping fit and maintaining wellness.

Background

Sheila has a history of joint pain in her knees but recognises the need to stay fit and well in her senior years.

Programme

  • Duration: 25 minutes per session
  • Water Temperature: 33˚C
  • Speed: 2.0kph increasing to to 6.5kph for speed aqua walking
  • Depth: 1100mm down to 900mm
  • Resistance Jets: Low setting for 2 minutes
  • Direction: Forwards
  • Number of Sessions: 10

Outcomes

The water height was initially set for maximum buoyancy and a programme was created to significantly reduce load bearing and stress to the lower limbs. The personal setting, yet open feeling of the hydrotherapy Treadmill gave Sheila a sense of secure privacy.

Recognising the need to stay fit with the benefits of water training, Sheila was keen to try aquatic therapy. Studies show that just walking in water can promote calorie consumption, lower blood pressure and boost the respiratory system. As well as this users of hydrotherapy treadmills like Sheila regularly report a positive improvement in their stress levels and a greater feeling of wellbeing, both during and after aquatic exercise.