No two people experience ageing in the same way – not emotionally, not physically, and not socially. We appreciate how ageing may impact your life, and how difficult it may be to adjust to some of the changes ageing brings. Families, too, confront challenges which sometimes feel overwhelming. We support you as client and as family to find ways to make life easier.
Everyone’s body does change as we age, though not at the same rate nor in exactly the same particulars. Some effects of ageing commonly seen include:
- Changed vision and hearing
- Orthopaedic changes that affect mobility, especially gait
- Insecurity about alignment relative to space; affects balance, risks falls
- Lower muscle tone (i.e. the resting tension in muscles)
- Unreliable memory, name-recall, and word-finding
- Changed dietary needs (digestive system processes; dental issues)
- Changed sleep needs (fewer hours, night-time urinary demands)
- Susceptibility for stroke, Parkinson’s, and other conditions that affect sensory, motor, language and cognition skills
Any of those, certainly any combination, has varying degrees of impact on one’s ability to function in performing daily tasks. The brain expends energy first on ensuring safety and only then on “doing” tasks. To feel secure, we need to be able to trust the information our bodies give our brains. When sensory input falters (notably vision, hearing and/or spatial orientation), or motor control and balance are uncertain, anxiety is a very realistic response.
Through careful observation and analysis we can discern systems of the body and brain that need strengthening or organising or protection. We then design an individualized program of gentle movement-based activities, along with other indicated recommendations and support, to enhance weak systems, reduce symptomatic behaviours, and create function from dysfunction.
As functional capability is enhanced and the internal sense of safety stabilise, anxiety lessens, and life becomes correspondingly easier.