Older Adults, A Definition

  • The definition of “older adult” varies, depending on different perspectives and purposes.
  • Gerontologists ( people who study aging) traditionally focus on persons ages 60 years and older.
  • Many older adults do not label themselves as ‘old’ even at advanced ages.


The Changing Demographic

The number of people in Australia aged 80 years and over increased from 218,000 in 1976, to 485,200 in 1996, and is predicted to grow to 852,100 by 2016.

The proportion of women in the aged population also changes over this period decreasing from 58% in 1976, to 56% in 1996, and is expected to decrease further to 54% in 2016.

Prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare



Common Medical Conditions

Below are some medical conditions seen in the older person, and some may coexist.



Cardiovascular Disease


Back Pain

Lack of Strength


Rheumatoid Arthritis


Urinary Incontinence


About Medical Care for the Elderly

by Thomas Day



Exercise Areas to Focus On

Strength Exercises

Build muscle and increases metabolism.  This helps with weight control and blood sugar levels.

Balance Exercises

Improved balance may assist in staying independent by helping avoid falls.

Mobility / Stretching

Improved freedom of movement. Enables a active lifestyle.

Why Pilates

Low Impact

Kind to the Joints

Focuses on Breathing

Focuses on Controlled Movement

Emphasis on Quality not Quantity

Elongates and Strengthens Muscles

Build Core Strength

Encourages and Improves Joint Mobility


Psychological and Physical Benefits

Cardiovascular Benefits

  • Improved Oxygen Utilisation
  • Better Delivery of Oxygen and Nutrients to Muscles
  • Decrease Glycogen Storage Sites
  • Decrease Resting Heart Rate – improved Coronary Blood Flow

Decrease Blood Pressure and Obesity

Improve Blood Sugar Control if Diabetic

Decrease Bone Loss Associated with Osteoporosis

Osteoarthritis – Increased joint mobility and Muscle Strength



Lifecare Pilates 2003

Author: Nicole Vass

Pilates can assist older adults in getting active and enjoying the later years of life.









About Author

I started Pilates in 2002 after 20 years in the Health & Fitness industry.
I have a Diploma in Sports Studies, Diploma in Pilates, and an Advanced Diploma in Teaching the Pilates Method.
It is very important to me that my body ages well. I want to move well as I age, and I want the same for my clients
Our Mantra 'Move Well, Age Well'.

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