WA’s first senior’s exercise park
Silver Chain has opened Western Australia’s first senior’s exercise park – a purpose built facility featuring equipment specially designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility in a fun and challenging way.
Located in Mandurah alongside the organisation’s existing Social Centre and clinic facilities, the exercise park is based on similar concepts proven to be highly successful in other parts of Australia and internationally including Europe and China.
Silver Chain General Manager Social Care WA, Anne-Marie Cox, said exercise programs have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of falling and the rate of falls because they can improve muscle strength, flexibility and balance.
“As we age, many people don’t engage in as much physical activity as they would have in the past. Our exercise park provides a safe supervised environment to promote physical activity focusing on muscle strength and functional and balance improvements,” Anne-Marie said.
“Clients will be able to focus on maintaining mobility through balance training to assist in the prevention of falls. They will also be able to practice movements that are crucial to mobility, such as sitting to standing and step ups.”
Silver Chain clients will be the first to utilise the exercise park. Eligible clients will be assessed by a Silver Chain physiotherapist who will then develop an individualised exercise program. Clients will be supervised whilst using the equipment.
The senior’s exercise park was also made available to various external groups and the broader community during 2017.
The senior’s exercise park was made possible thanks to generous donors across Western Australia who contributed to Silver Chain’s Summer 2015 fundraising appeal.