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It can sometimes be difficult to prioritize physical activity in our busy lives, but doing so offers a ton of benefits. In fact, while anyone can benefit from exercise, older adults benefit the most.
When aging makes it more difficult to get around, the last thing your loved one may be thinking about is exercise. But there are numerous benefits of physical fitness:
Increase in energy. While the actual act of physical activity requires expending energy, regularly exercising can provide a substantial boost in 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.
Stronger immune system. Physical activity helps boost a person’s immunity, making it easier to fight off disease.
Decrease in falls. Seniors who exercise regularly are less likely to fall and injure themselves during routine activities.
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.
Increase in strength. Muscles and nerves get stronger with regular use, making day-to-day mobility easier.
While there are definitely a ton of physical benefits to regular exercise, there are plenty of cognitive and mental benefits, too:
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.
Improved mood. Physical activity promotes positive endorphins, which in turn boost a person’s mood.
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.
While any activity that your loved one enjoys is perfect, there are a number of exercises experts recommend for older adults:
No matter what exercise your loved one chooses, it will offer benefits! So the important thing is finding an activity that’s enjoyable, since that makes it more likely to become a regular part of life.
At Executive Care of Freehold, 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 remaining healthy, but staying physically active isn’t all there is. One of the greatest thing we can do is to keep our minds active.
So how can you help keep your loved one cognitively healthy? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Here are some brain-approved activities:
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 Alzheimer’s. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
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.
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.
Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
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 an hour a week.
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.
It’s commonly assumed that memory fades with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened for every age group.
Making some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits can make quite a big difference for memory.
Not getting the right amount of sleep does not allow the brain enough time to consolidate memory at night, which can leave the brain feeling “foggy.” Seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount experts recommend to keep our brain 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 Freehold can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.
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