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Have you ever stopped to consider how many benefits regular physical activity offers? The benefits are many—especially for older adults!
It can be hard to get motivated for exercise at any age. But the numerous benefits of physical fitness outweigh our excuses for not exercising:
Increase in strength. Mobility, or the ability to move around, often worsens as we age. But regular physical activity can help improve strength and stabilize mobility.
Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.
Decrease in falls. One in three older adults fall each year, making falls one of the most common causes of injuries and death. Performing regular exercises that improve balance can help lower that risk.
Improvement in chronic conditions. Older adults often deal with chronic health conditions, like diabetes. Regular exercise can help diminish the symptoms of those conditions and better manage them.
Increase in energy. You might think exercise will actually make you tired, but in actuality, it can help improve your energy levels.
Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.
The physical benefits are abundant, but exercise offers multiple cognitive and mental health benefits as well:
Improved mood. Exercise releases positive endorphins, which are known to boost mood. A person who exercises regularly also has a lower risk of developing anxiety and depression.
Improved focus. Not only is exercise a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it can also improve overall focus as well.
Reduced stress. Exercise removes stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and heart issues.
Your loved one’s doctor will know him or her best and be able to offer specific suggestions. But there are some specific exercises experts recommend for older adults:
Any exercise that promotes balance is also a positive! Our balance diminishes as we age, making falls more likely. In fact, one in three older adults falls each year. But balance training can help lower the risk.
At Executive Care of Somerville, 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 about our in-home services.
Staying active is a crucial part of the aging process, but it’s not just staying physically active that is important as we grow older. One of the greatest thing we can do is keep our minds active.
Keeping your aging loved one’s mind active can be an interactive way to spend time together. Not sure how? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Here are some brain-approved activities:
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, no matter a person’s age.
Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits have been shown to 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. The amount of sleep experts recommend for optimal brain health is seven to nine hours.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit 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 Somerville can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.
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