Research focus on elderly health

In the division of physiotherapy, several researchers focus on elderly health. The research deals with effects of physical activity and training for different groups of elderly people and in different contexts such as home-living, hospitals and nursing homes. Research is also ongoing on screening of fall risk, where reduced balance and need for help in everyday life with daily activities are important risk factors.

Own and others' research clearly shows that physical activity and exercise reduce the risk of suffering various diseases. It also shows that maintaining or improving our physical capacity enables us to be independent in our daily activities, which increases well-being and reduces the risk of falls.

Research also shows inactivity and sedentary increases the risk of needing help in everyday life with daily activities. Furthermore, physical inactivity affects before a fall accident, the need for help in the long term.

During the current crisis you need to think about how to keep your physical activity level going and besides recommending to continue taking walks, there are several possibilities to train indoors. Below we give some tips on this.

Short workouts

Safe step

  • There is an app that contains exercises that are good for reducing the risk of falls. It is called “Säkra steg” (Safe Steps) and can be downloaded for free. The app is part of a study and if you can consider being included in the study you will have access to various exercises. You can also read more here:
    https://sakrasteg.se/

Exercises to reduce the risk of falls

Social interaction online

Research from both our division and other groups also shows that social interaction is important for several aspects of health, as well as maintaining memory functions and reducing the risk of falls and addiction to help. SPF Seniors give tips on digital activities in corona times, including on social interaction online:
https://www.spfseniorerna.se/sa-tycker-vi/halsa--omsorg/information-om-coronaviruset/tips-till-seniorer-i-corona-tider-digitala-och-traditionella-aktiviteter/?utm_campaign=unspecified&utm_content=unspecified&utm_medium=email&utm_source=apsis-anp-3

 

Elisabeth Rydwik, Senior lecturer in physiotherapy and Associate Professor

Anna-Karin Welmer, Senior lecturer in physiotherapy and Associate Professor

The Division of Physiotherapy, NVS