Here is how weekly exercise through the ERAA program has helped Alice's osteoporosis!
Alice is a vibrant and now-active 69-year-old who was diagnosed with osteoporosis six years ago. During this time, her GP recommended doing some walking and this ‘should be enough’. Alice became an avid hiker, conquering many hiking trials in Spain. Alice saw some excellent results with this increased physical activity, coupled with drug therapy, where she saw an improvement in her bone mineral density by 17%.
However, during this time, Alice’s health journey took a halt when she had to care for her mother (who made it to her 104th birthday!). Consequently, Alice became inactive due to the demands of caring for her loved ones.
After no success joining a group-based gym class, as the exercises were not tailored to her abilities, Alice started working with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in January of 2020 as part of the Exercise Right for Active Ageing program and has ‘never looked back’!
Alice has reported to be thoroughly enjoying the structured activity, alongside doing her usual gardening, family time with the grandchildren and travels. Alice loved structured exercise so much after joining the program, she decided to give an osteoporosis-specific, heavy weights class a try.
"The instructors are just so wonderful and really know how to tailor the exercises and make it more relatable to me," explains Alice.