After spending a lifetime growing up on Sydney's Northern Beaches, swimming, surfing and paddling a board, my diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease in July 2019, now meant that my involvement as a volunteer surf lifesaver was now over. However things changed in late 2020, when after spending a year on
a clinical trial, I now felt confident enough to consider returning as a volunteer lifesaver.
The only problem was that I needed to pass the hardest part of the proficiency test - a 100-metre run, and a 200-metre swim. Although I passed, I was unsure of my ability to rescue a person in the surf. Rather than give up, I approached two exercise physiologists, Matt and Luke, and asked them to design a neuro-cognitive training program to address my issues of balance, coordination and reflexes. I have been using this training program (part one) throughout 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Watch the following video to find out more:
In 2023, Matt Donovan from Empower Physic will be working on creating part two of the Neuro-Cognitive training program, which will concentrate on strength, flexibility and agility.