Otago Exercise Program
exercise program to prevent falls in the elderly

Over 30% of people ≥65 years old will experience at least one fall during the year.

The incidence rate tends to increase with age reaching 50%, for those over 80 years.

Serious consequences for the individual, society & relatives, such as:

  • cause of morbidity
  • increasing physical inactivity and early hospitalization
  • variety of injuries (lacerations, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, etc.)
  • establishment of syndromes such as fear & lack of self-confidence
  • loss of autonomy
  • depression
  • increased cost of hospitalization
  • reduced levels of physical activity
  • deterioration of quality of life

Otago Exercise Program

A widely used and scientifically proven practice for preventing falls in old age is the Otago Exercise Program (OEP). Countries in the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are implementing this program, which is usually applied to people over 65 years of age.

  • Demonstrates 35% success rates in reducing falls in the elderly. It is worth mentioning that when it comes to people ≥80 years old, it shows even greater effectiveness in reducing harmful falls, especially to people who have a record of a previous fall.
  • A strictly structured protocol characterizes its implementation. This includes warm-up, muscle strength, balance and recovery exercises.
  • A small number of participants per training group.
  • Progressive exercises.
  • Thorough & multidimensional evaluation of individuals before joining the program, aiming at a most individualized approach and guidance possible.
  • Exercise Program Leader Certified in “Otago Exercise Program Guidance”.
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