There’s now an Exercise Physiologist at Beauty Point Retirement Resort

Exercise Physiology

Beauty Point Retirement Resort now has an accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) called Veronica Mina who’ll be seeing clients every Thursday at the resort. Exercise physiology is beneficial for all types of physical ailments and it’s recently been added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Because exercise physiology is now on the MBS, this means your visits to Veronica will be covered by Medicare. However, there are some conditions which apply so to find out more about this, refer to our detailed information at the end of this story.

You may not have heard about exercise physiologists much before. The fact is, exercise physiologists are experts in prescribing the right exercise to help you prevent and manage your chronic disease, helping you recover faster from surgery or an injury and at the same time helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Veronica will be doing her individual sessions in the gym and she may use the pool as well for hydrotherapy.

What makes an Exercise Physiologist different?
If you’re wondering what makes an Accredited Exercise Physiologist different to other exercise professionals, here’s a list of facts to help you out:
•    Exercise Physiologists are university qualified.
•    They’re eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers.
•    They can treat and work with all people. From those who want to improve their health and well being to those with, or at risk of developing, a chronic illness.
•    Over the past 10 years, the rate of GP referrals to exercise physiologists for exercise programs has quadrupled in Australia.
•    Just over half of the referrals for patients were made under a chronic disease management Medicare item number.

What can Veronica do for you?
Veronica recently visited the Beauty Point Retirement Resort and talked to a room full of interested residents. Her main message was: “Exercise is the best, cheapest, most accessible medicine available.”

She added many people can be living with a chronic condition or injury and they don’t know how to manage it: “You could have a chronic condition such as Diabetes, hypertension or arthritis, but you don’t know there are simple exercises you can do to help you manage it.”

Veronica continued, saying: “An accredited Exercise Physiologist can prescribe you the right exercise to help you recover faster from surgery or an injury.”

By doing exercise physiology sessions with Veronica, she said it’s possible to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness.

Veronica added that exercise physiologists use evidence based research in all their prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability exercise prescriptions.

Here’s a list of the health conditions an accredited exercise physiologist can help you treat and/or manage:
•    Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
•    Cardiovascular disease
•    Obesity
•    Different forms of cancer
•    Depression and mental health conditions
•    Arthritis and osteoporosis
•    Chronic respiratory disease and asthma
•    Musculoskeletal injuries
•    Neuromuscular disease
•    And many more

More about Veronica:
Veronica is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and an accredited member with Exercise Science and Sport Science Australia Organisation (ESSA).
She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science) and Honours in Neurophysiology of ACL injury to prevent knee reconstruction from the Western University of Sydney.

Veronica also holds her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Charles Sturt University and she’s currently completing her PhD in Knee Osteoarthritis.
She currently works as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Mega Therapy, a private clinical practice in Sylvania. She has also worked at Waratah Private Hospital in Hurstville.

The benefits of Exercise Physiology include:
•    Reduce joint pain and stiffness
•    Improve flexibility
•    Improve joint and muscular strength
•    Increase and maintain bone density
•    Improve balance
•    Decrease Depression & Fatigue
•    Increase Self-Confidence

What are the costs when you see Veronica?
•    One on One session with clients in the gym for $80 for one hour
•    Group Session in the gym for one hour covered by health fund (No gap)
•    Group Session in the hydrotherapy pool for one hour for covered by health fund (No gap)

To be able to take part in a Group Session, you will need to see Veronica for an initial personal consultation so she can see what you need to work on and what type of exercise will be beneficial to you.

During your initial personal consultation, Veronica will ask you questions about your current health and history; carry out a comprehensive assessment; develop your individualised exercise plan; set goals and a plan of action; and then give you an exercise prescription program.

What’s covered under your Medicare & Private Health Cover?
For one-on-one sessions for one hour, the price is $80 and you may be entitled to rebate from your private heath fund. Under Medicare, you’ll be covered if you have a doctors’ referral but there is a gap of $45. Additionally, the doctors’ referral only covers you for five sessions per year with either an Exercise Physiologist, a Physiotherapist or a Podiatrist.

If you have a half hour one-on-one session with Veronica, this is all covered by Medicare but the same limitation of five visits per doctors’ referral remains.
For Group Sessions, the full amount can be claimed under Medicare if you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Group Sessions can be claimed under your private health fund and there’s no gap.

A chance to see wild bears in action

Wild bear

It’s not every day you get the chance to see wild bears in action – caught on camera as they catch wild salmon in their mouths at Brooks Falls in the Gulf of Alaska.

But that’s what Kevin Dennes enabled a packed room of residents at the Beauty Point Retirement Resort to do recently when he showed them a series of amazing photos he’d taken when he was at Brooks Falls in 2007.

Kevin has been a professional photographer since he was 18 and during that time, the bulk of his work was in the medical and scientific field of photography. But his own personal interest was always in taking photos of wildlife. As he said: “My own particular interest was taking photos in Africa and in the Antarctic and the Arctic – and of course the bears in Alaska.”

You may recognise these photos
At his presentation, Kevin told the audience they’d probably recognise these photos because they’re all shot in the same place that John West© used to shoot those salmon ads for so many years.

“This is the best place in the world you can get up close enough to actually get a good photo of the salmon jumping through the air. They’re trying to get over the falls as they swim upstream to the very place where they spawn, and of course, the bears will always be there waiting for them at the top of the falls.”

Kevin says getting a photo of the bear just as they grab the salmon in their jaws is a matter of timing as the photo has to be taken at the right “split second,” – usually at about ½,000th of a second!

After 2800 photos – the perfect one!
“You have to take the chance and take photos as fast as you can. I took about 2800 photographs to get the one photograph I was after,” he adds, showing us an amazing photo of a bear catching a salmon in its mouth, perfectly at the right moment.

When asked where the market is for this type of photograph. Kevin says an American wholesale travel bureau, selling travel in Alaska. He added: “It was used for several brochure covers and therefore it had to be of high quality.”

Getting to the right vantage point
Many of the places Kevin has taken photos in have not been easy to get to and Brooks Falls in the Gulf of Alaska is no exception. As he said: “You have to fly from Lake Hood in Anchorage by sea plane and then you have to fly for about four hours and land on the Brook’s Lake. Then you walk through the bush, along the Brook’s River for about two kilometres to the Brooks Falls.”

“The bush land is all bear country and one has to be very much on alert at all times.  As an aside, there are more seaplanes at Lake Hood than in the whole of the South Pacific! And there are more licensed aircraft pilots, per head of population living in Anchorage than any other city in the world!”

Once Kevin reached the right vantage point at Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park, he had to work fast because he knew his time would be limited: “We flew from Lake Hood very early. We knew we had to fly back by seaplane and the seaplanes have to land before dark at approximately 9pm – so we knew we only had so much time at the falls,” he said.

“I was there at the peak of the salmon run. This is the only place you can get a shot like this. The bears are gorging themselves so they can build up their fat stores for hibernation. They eat the heads, the roe and the skin of the salmon – but they don’t eat the flesh,” he explained. “That is left for the seagulls!”

Fourth time lucky for Beauty Point residents
This is the fourth time Kevin has shown some of his amazing photos at Beauty Point Retirement Resort. Previously he treated residents to a series of photos he’d taken on a tour of East Africa and later he showed some of his best photos from a tour of the Antarctic and at another, of the Arctic.

“I’ve done a tremendous amount of travel – most of it paid by someone else,” he said. “I’ve travelled on the seven continents and it’s been a wonderful experience for me.”

At one time, Kevin worked for the Etosha Lion Research  Centre in Namibia. This was a National Geographic research project. So most of the photography he did for them was used for research material to be used in scientific papers etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest HUR gym equipment keeps you mobile and fit for longer

Beauty Point Retirement Resort has installed the latest HUR gym equipment from Finland because this equipment has been proved by clinical research to help keep people mobile and fit with regular use, especially as they age or if they’re recovering from an operation.

Available for the Resort’s residents as well as locals in the Padstow Heights area, the state-of-the-art gym equipment is already being used by residents who are saying they’re receiving major health benefits.

The reason the HUR equipment provides such good results is because it’s designed specifically to enable older people or those recovering from operations, to regain their core strength and vitality using air-pressure technology.

So just what are benefits of HUR gym equipment?
1)    It’s safer and more effective to use because the HUR Air-pressure technology uses resistance measured in grams so it can be calibrated in very small increments to suit each individual.
2)    Clinical studies have found the regular use of HUR gym equipment helps people: build muscle strength; regain orthopaedic strength after operations; build neurological strength after an illness and build up cardiovascular strength.
3)    Clinical studies have found regular use of HUR equipment combined with balance exercises assists greatly with falls prevention.
4)    People who’ve used the HUR gym regularly have noticed an improvement in their strength, posture, flexibility – as well as improved mood and decreased pain.
5)    According to an ABC TV report, some people in Australia who’ve used the HUR gym equipment regularly have been able to throw away their walking sticks because they find they’re now strong enough to walk without them!
6)    The HUR equipment is available for use by local people in the area as well as Beauty Point Retirement Resort residents.

Easy to use and safe for seniors and rehabilitation
The air-pressure technology the HUR equipment uses makes it easier to use at both low and high movement speeds. Older adults can start off with zero resistance and increase resistance by 1/4 pound increments. This makes the machines ideally suitable for people undergoing rehabilitation, as well as for those who are training for strength maintenance and strength building purposes. With this equipment, they can train harder with a lower risk of injury.

Many aches and pains start to reduce
Physiotherapist, Clare Wells says she has incorporated the new equipment and is seeing the benefits her clients are experiencing, even though ultimately, it means they will come and see her less often: “Once people come to see me and we set up an exercise program for them, they don’t need to see me as much anymore for physiotherapy treatment,” she says.

“Usually, whatever aches and pains they were previously coming to see me for, start to reduce. I may need to re-calibrate the equipment for them from time to time, but often that’s all we need to do. It’s really the best equipment on the market and we’re so lucky to have it here.”

“It’s just really easy to use,” she adds. “Both for the individual using the equipment and for me supervising. I can see online how people are going and this provides some accountability and this can be a good motivation for people. They can call me and ask for a few changes and I can do that for them easily.”

Valarie now finds it easier to walk
Since using the HUR equipment, Valarie Packham says the equipment has helped her a great deal: “At 87, I’m a bit older and I have problems with my back and yes – I do find this equipment is beneficial to me. It does help in strengthening my back and shoulders and that makes it a lot easier to walk and stand up straighter.”

Ken and Margaret Holliday can’t speak highly enough
Residents of the resort for the past five years, Ken and Margaret Holliday are enjoying the new HUR equipment and say they just can’t speak highly enough of it.

“We weren’t using the gym before but this equipment allows you to exercise most of your body in a gentle way. It’s been very helpful for Margaret because she’s recently had two operations on her knees and another major operation and this equipment is helping her to build her strength back,” says Ken.

“We go Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the gym and walk the other days. We do a class with Clare on Tuesdays and generally speaking – we’ve never felt better!” he adds.

“The main thing is having your body in tune and strengthening your core muscles. It improves your posture and it does that for everyone. We go for a swim in the pool afterwards and it’s all very beneficial when you put it together,” says Ken.

Alessandra Copeta says after using the new HUR gym equipment she has no more aches and pains.

Making a big difference to Alessandra’s health
Alessandra Copeta, a Beauty Point Retirement Resort resident for the past eight years, says she used to go for a walk every day but now she goes to the gym. At 73, Alessandra looks fabulous and fit and says she “feels better in myself” since using the HUR gym equipment.

“It’s much better than walking. I’d head off on a long walk and then realise I’ve got to go all the way back – and then I’d get a few aches and pains!” she laughs.

“But with this gym equipment, there are no aches and pains. I used to have to see Clare about the pain in my shoulders and neck and now I don’t need to see her anymore. There are lots of people using it now and they’re all enjoying it.”

“I thoroughly love it,” she adds, “I use every machine and then I go for a swim. It makes a huge difference!”

Local residents in the Padstow Heights area are able to utilise the gym at Beauty Point Retirement Resort. To find out more, simply call (02) 8294 0640.