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Every person of every age can benefit from regular exercise, but for seniors, there’s a little added incentive. In fact, exercise offers older adults many benefits that promote a long, healthy life and good quality of living.
If you’re looking for another reason to get regular physical activity, consider the many benefits of physical fitness:
Increase in strength. It’s a fact of life—as we get older, our mobility diminishes. But with regular exercise, the effects won’t be as significant.
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.
Stronger immune system. Exercise can help boost a person’s immune system, making it easier to fend off minor and more significant illnesses.
Decrease in falls. Falls become more likely as we get older, for a number of reasons, including certain medications and medical conditions. But regular physical activity can help limit the risk of falling.
Improvement in chronic conditions. Many who suffer from chronic illnesses, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and mental health issues find their symptoms to be more manageable after implementing a regular exercise routine.
Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.
Not only are there key physical benefits to exercise, but there are plenty of mental and brain-boosting benefits as well:
Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Improved focus. Being physically active can reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. It also improves cognition health overall.
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.
Any exercise is better than no exercise! But there are certain exercises experts recommend as being particularly beneficial to older adults:
Any type of exercise that promotes balance will be helpful in reducing a person’s risk of falling, and strength training either with weights or body weight is also beneficial.
At Executive Care of Morristown, 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 is a crucial part of the aging process, but staying physically active is not all that is important as we grow older. One of the greatest things we can do is keep our minds active.
So how can you help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Here are some brain-approved activities:
Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that seniors experience improvements in the areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement after just four months of playing an instrument for one hour per week.
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.
Writing. The act of writing 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. Not only does physical activity help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, supplementing the golden years with the occasional class has never been easier.
Playing games and doing puzzles. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games and doing puzzles can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
It’s assumed that memory will always fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened, regardless of a person’s age.
Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits have been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
The brain can feel “foggy” after not getting an adequate amount of sleep as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount experts recommend for our brains.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
It’s essential to keep the mind active during the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Morristown can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.
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