Local News for Friday 12th October 2018
NHS WESTERN ISLES EVENT AIMS TO FIGHTS AGEING
NHS Western Isles Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers, and Speech and Language Therapists came together recently to explore how to better help patients live as healthy, active and independent lives as possible.
Over 100 people attended the event, the theme of which was the national AHP ‘Active and Independent Living Programme’.
At the event, Susan Kelso, AHP National Lead Early Intervention (Scottish Government), spoke about the ‘Life Curve’ research, which indicates that older people lose skills in a specific order and has the impact of gradually decreasing their level of independence.
The first sign of deterioration in independence is usually when older people are unable to cut their toe nails. There follows on a steady deterioration, from being unable to do their shopping, use steps, walk 400 yards, and so on, until they are eventually dependent on others for all activities of daily living.
However, research has also shown that people can significantly postpone this decline by remaining as fit and active as possible.