Supporting Exercise for People Living With Dementia Podcast

With high rates of dementia within our community and Residential Aged Care Facilities there is a need for exercise services tailored to the challenges that are faced by people living with dementia. People with dementia can often be overlooked when it comes to rehabilitation, exercise or learning new ways of moving. There are persistent assumptions that people with dementia cannot learn new things or follow instructions or that it is too challenging.

This professional development will highlight skills of the Exercise Physiologist (EP) that can be put into practice when working with people living with dementia within a Residential Aged Care environment and within the community setting.The webinar will touch on the pathophysiology of Dementia and expand on the experiences of an EP working with this population to highlight some of the challenges and how to overcome them within your own practices. Communication strategies, exercise programming strategies, resources and other tips will also be shared. 

The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 24 June 2019. 

Presented by Ms Alison Penington

Alison Penington completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement and Health Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Science at the University of South Australia. Her passion for working with older adults grew from her University placement as an Exercise Physiology Student. After graduating, Alison worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in private practice. During this time, she managed ‘Lift for Life’ classes and ‘Masters of Gravity’ falls prevention classes. She was employed by Helping Hand Aged Care in 2015 to conduct research in improving cognitive and functional capacity in older people in residential aged care through an exercise prescription approach and investigation the benefits of Exercise Physiology in Aged Care. Alison also works within the community services of Helping Hand at a senior level. In addition to these roles Alison has been a supervisor and educator to students of different Allied Health backgrounds within the Aged Care environment. Alison has lectured and presented at many conferences in this topic and advocates for Exercise Physiology to be embedded into Aged Care.

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ESSA Member   $30.00 
Non-Member   $50.00
ESSA Student Member   $15.00
Student Non-Member   $25.00 

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Any Accredited Exercise Physiologists

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