For any seniors looking to remain independent at home, one of the most important aspects of daily life is retaining as high a level of mobility as possible. If this can be achieved, its far more likely that an elder will be able to remain happy and healthy outside of an assisted living facility.
Exercise and physical activity is an essential part of any senior’s daily schedule. This may seem intimidating, especially when dealing with conditions like arthritis, but the benefits of staying active simply cannot be overlooked. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them.
The physical benefits
Maintaining a healthy weight is a common problem as we age, but can be easily addressed via an active lifestyle.
Staying active has a wealth of physical benefits for everyone, but seniors in particular face a few issues that can be addressed through exercise. For example, maintaining a healthy weight is a common problem as we age, but can be easily addressed via an active lifestyle.
Even just going for a walk can kick start a healthy metabolism, while maintaining muscle mass prevents elders from loosing too much weight, and encourages healthy eating habits to avoid malnutrition. In turn, a healthier body results in a lower risk of certain diseases or ailments, and can help to alleviate the symptoms of other conditions that may trouble a less-active individual.
Similarly, staying active helps to maintain healthy joints, build endurance and may even be able to restore any mobility that may have been lost through inactivity in recent years. The Department of Health recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day for people over 65, and states that “generally, higher levels of physical activity are associated with greater health outcomes.”
The mental benefits
The advantages of regular exercise for seniors aren’t just physical though. In fact, there can be some some pretty significant mental and psychological benefits from simply getting out and about. Whether that’s from leaving the house and interacting with other people outside or simply having the freedom to pursue hobbies, mobility goes hand in hand with independence and increased confidence.
Aside from this, staying physical can have a range of other great benefits – from better, healthier sleep all the way through to an increased ability to take part in activities such as playing with grandchildren.
Issues such as pain or a lack of mobility can make seniors reluctant to go for a walk.
Putting it into practice
So, we know that staying physically active is a great way for seniors to remain fit and healthy, but it’s also important to remember that exercising is easier said than done as we grow older. Issues such as pain or a lack of mobility can make seniors reluctant to go for a walk, or worried about the increased possibility of an accident or fall. It’s critical to overcome these fears however, as the sooner you get active, the sooner you may reap the benefits.
One solution that suits a lot of seniors is to work with an in home carer. This can take many different forms, depending on the needs of each individual, but provides a safety net that allows elders to take chances they may not feel comfortable with on their own. Even just having somebody to walk with them or drive to the park can have a huge impact on how easy it is to stay active, and the social benefits also make activities more interesting and engaging.
To find out more about the benefits of in home care, contact the Bannister team today.