The Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program is a way of reducing the risk of falls by integrating balance and strength activities into regular daily tasks. Unloading the dishwasher becomes an opportunity to improve strength. Brushing your teeth becomes an opportunity to improve balance. In the LiFE program, every daily task becomes an opportunity to improve balance and strength. This is a different approach to a traditional program where you would be required to complete a series of exercises a certain number of times a day for a set number of days each week.
The trainer's manual outlines the principles of the LiFE program and provides a step-by-step guide for therapists and trainers to implement the program with their clients. It should be used in conjunction with the participant's manual so that the program is fully understood from both the trainer's and participant's perspectives.
Blank copies of the worksheets are available online.
A Participant's Manual is also available.
Jo Munro is a physiotherapist with a Master's in health science education.
Lindy Clemson is a specialist in public health research on ageing and an occupational therapist with a PhD in epidemiology. Her work has influenced both policy and practice, and her publications are highlighted in Cochrane Reviews and Australian and US national fall prevention practice guidelines.
Maria Fiatarone Singh is a geriatrician and professor in exercise and sport science at the University of Sydney
- Assessing ability and opportunity
- Teaching the program
- A guide for what to do in each session
- Planning and recording performance of the LiFE activities
Size: 250 × 176 × 6 mm
18 b&w tables and 2 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2014
Publication: 15 Apr 2014