Sit Up... Get Dressed... Keep on Moving...
Prolonged bed rest in older people can lead to substantial loss of muscle and physical strength, and functional ability and may lead to increased dependency and demotivation. Together these can be termed as 'Deconditioning Syndrome'.
Dr Amit Arora and his team want to try to stop older people becoming deconditioned whilst in hospitals or care homes or after their discharge to home. To do this a campaign has been launched to educate patients, relatives, and staff on the myths and facts about being active in hospital, in care homes or own home and promoting physical and functional independence.
What is Deconditioning Syndrome?
'Deconditioning Syndrome' occurs when older people lose their abilities to do everyday activities over a period of time, and is often caused by inactivity. This can lead to reduced mobility, falls, functional incontinence, low self-esteem and functional abilities, and can result in longer term functional and psychological dependence. Regaining the lost abilities (re-conditioning) can often take twice as long as deconditioning. Deconditioning can affect older people in a very short time frame and in any environment especially in acute hospitals and care homes.
It can be prevented by helping, encouraging and assisting people (where required) in performing activities of daily living. One does not need to go to a gym to do exercises. Performing routine day to day activities can be as good as exercises for many frail older people and helps them remain less dependent for longer.
What Can We Do?
A clear message to encourage older people to "Sit up, get dressed, keep on moving….
Your muscles, your strengths, your abilities: Use them or lose them."
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