Take two aspirin and call me in the morning is outdated medical advice. Thanks to the new clinical exercise program at the InnovAge Denver center, it’s more like do 20 reps and call me in the morning.
The popular new clinical exercise program at the Denver PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) center helps participants get stronger, which improves their ability to perform activities of daily living. Which, in turn, keeps them living independently.
The clinical exercise program is designed to systematically reduce the risk of serious health problems among the highest-risk participants, says Steven Jones, the clinical exercise physiologist at the Denver Center. Steven, who has a degree in exercise physiology, owned a personal training business in Atlanta for six years before coming to Colorado.
The clinical exercise program is literally prescribed by the center’s physicians. The first set of participants they’ve referred are those diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
“Participants are getting stronger, which improves their ability to perform activities of daily living, which keeps them living independently,” Steven says. “This is exactly what PACE is all about.”
Steven tailors a plan for each program participant based on specific exercise protocols developed by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants use several pieces of new equipment InnovAge bought for the program, including a leg press, cardiac rehab treadmills and recumbent bicycles. Steven monitors each participant’s heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation to make sure they are reaching their goal threshold, safely.
“Exercise is highly effective for dropping these numbers,” says Steven. “It just makes sense.”