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A Swimmer's Journey

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

Betsy Stengel is a Meniere's patient and a life-long swimmer. In this article she describes the challenges a swimming pool poses for a vestibular patient, such as the dancing reflection of light below the pool's surface, and how she faced her demons to reclaim her life.

Poor Balance Tied to Small-Vessel Disease, Cognitive Decline

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

The inability to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds is significantly associated with cerebral small-vessel disease (cSVD), specifically lacunar infarctions and micro-bleeds, in healthy patients, results of a new study suggest.

Such postural instability was also linked to cognitive decline in the middle-aged to elderly patients included in the study.

Seniors group exercise help reduce risk of falls

Posted by Kerrie Denner

New research from a University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student has shown that seniors who exercise in groups are likely to have a reduced risk of falls later down the track.

Vaughan Nicholson, a 33-year-old physiotherapist of Ferny Hills in Brisbane, conducted a three-part study looking at the impact of group fitness on more than 100 adults aged 55-75.

His PhD in Sport and Exercise Science specifically analysed the benefits for seniors who participated in group BodyBalance and BodyPump classes over a 12 to 26 week period as well as an interactive virtual balance game.

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