FALLS ARE NOT AN INVEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF AGEING
Friday April 26, 2019 11:00am
Sala Marbella, The Hapimag Resort Hotel, Camilo José Cela, Marbella
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The speaker will consider the prevalence of falls in older people and discuss some of the reasons why people might fall. On a positive note, practical tips and advice to prevent falls will be given and some of the latest research concerning the cognitive benefits of exercise in an ageing population will be shared.
Rachel graduated from Guys School of Physiotherapy in 1991 and then worked in a number of teaching hospitals in London. In 1987 she obtained an M.Sc in Health Sciences and specialised in respiratory care. She later went on to complete a PhD in pulmonary rehabilitation in 2001. As Assistant Professor Physiotherapy, St George’s University she led on undergraduate and post graduate respiratory teaching and research. With over 100 peer reviewed publications, a number of book chapters and as editor of “Pulmonary Rehabilitation: An interdisciplinary approach”, she is an international expert on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Clinically, Rachel’s area of expertise is in the delivery of exercise for people with chronic health problems, such as diabetes, COPD, renal failure and hypertension. Her rehabilitation programmes feature components such as balance re-education, progressive resisted exercise, gait and posture training. She teaches breathing re-training and provides physical activity therapies for people with cardio-respiratory conditions, such as asthma, emphysema, hyperventilation, and panic disorders. She is trained in both mindfulness and hypnotherapy.
Rachel moved to Spain in 2014, where she runs a unique “Stop Smoking Programme”. She provides specialist domiciliary physiotherapy and works in in conjunction with a number of hospitals and clinics in Marbella.