October 1st is The International Day of Older Persons, a United Nations when the issues affecting older people can be highlighted and discussed.
Helping people to retain strength and mobility as they age aids in falls prevention and increases quality of life. Like so many things, the earlier you start the better. Tim Hutchful from the British Chiropractic Association says “The earlier we start thinking about how our bodies will age, the sooner we can go about taking the best action to keep ourselves mobile and flexible. This will not only help us maintain those activities we wish to enjoy as we get older but will also help keep independence and prevent falls. I think that, by developing the habit of regular activity earlier on in life, we can lay the foundations for a more active old age. Although the types of exercise and strengthening activities we do will probably vary as we get older, starting young sets the scene for a lifetime of caring for the body and giving it the resources it needs to support us into a hopefully, healthy and active old age.”
The British Chiropractic Association has great advice for people of all ages to help them with active ageing. There are also a set of simple stretches and exercises, suitable for all ages, designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.