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It is wise to get in the habit of regular exercise at any age, but it’s a habit that’s especially beneficial for seniors, for a variety of reasons.
Having a hard time motivating a loved one to get regular exercise? Point out a few of these reasons for getting active!
As we get older, it may become more difficult to feel like exercising, but there are so many benefits of physical fitness:
Improvement in chronic conditions. Seniors often experience chronic health conditions, and regular exercise can help limit or minimize symptoms. Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.
Stronger immune system. Exercise provides a boost to a person’s immunity, making it easier to fight off disease.
Increase in strength. Regular exercise improves muscle strength, which can make everyday mobility much easier. Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.
Decrease in falls. Particularly when balance exercises are involved, seniors will benefit from a decreased risk of falling.
But exercise doesn’t only benefit us physically, it also offers mental benefits:
Improved focus. Exercise helps lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and can also improve overall focus.
Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Reduced stress. A small amount of stress is beneficial, but too much stress can be harmful for health. Exercise helps keep stress manageable.
Always check with a doctor before beginning a fitness routine, but here are some exercises experts recommend for older adults:
In addition to these specific exercises, any exercise that promotes balance is especially beneficial for lowering fall risk in older adults. No specific exercise is required—so find some type of movement that your loved one enjoys!
At Executive Care of North Dallas, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn how our in-home services work.
Staying active as we grow older is a crucial part of the aging process, but staying physically active isn’t all there is. One of the greatest thing we can do is keep our minds active.
But how can you help your loved one keep his or her mind in tip-top shape? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Here are some brain-approved activities:
Reading. Did you know that the Mayo Clinic found that reading books, in conjunction with other cognitive activities, can lead to a 50% decrease in the chances of developing dementia? That’s plenty of reason to keep your loved one actively reading.
Playing games and doing puzzles. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games can help prevent dementia. Games and puzzles are also excellent ideas for socializing with family and friends.
Going back to school. Many colleges now offer scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, so there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be added to by the occasional class.
Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that seniors experience improvements in areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement after just four months of playing an instrument for one hour per week.
Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
Socializing. Maintaining a social life can help fight off isolation and depression, and it also has been found to heal aging brains and keep them young.
Exercising. This not only helps the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
Memory is something that can fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened for every age group.
Making small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits can make quite a big difference for memory.
Not getting the right amount of sleep can leave the brain feeling “foggy,” as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount experts recommend to keep our brains well-rested.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also prove beneficial to the brain and memory.
Making sure the mind stays active is essential in the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of North Dallas can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.
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