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Having a hard time convincing an aging loved one that exercise is necessary? Well, maybe sharing some of the many health-related benefits of physical activity would be helpful.
While exercise is beneficial for every person of every age, it’s especially helpful for those who are older. It can help promote a long, healthy life and a high quality of living.
If motivation for exercising regularly is lacking in your loved one, consider the many ways that physical fitness is helpful:
Decrease in falls. One in three older adults fall each year, but exercising regularly can help ensure your loved one doesn’t become a part of that number.
Improvement in chronic conditions. Older adults often have at least one chronic conditions, such as heart disease or arthritis. Regular exercise can help limit the symptoms of those conditions and improve quality of life.
Stronger immune system. Exercise provides a boost to overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.
Increase in mobility. As muscles and nerves get used regularly and grow stronger, day-to-day mobility becomes 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.
Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.
While there obviously many physical benefits of regular physical activity, there are many cognitive and mental benefits, too:
Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Reduced stress. A small amount of stress is normal and can actually be helpful, but too much stress is not a good thing. Regular exercise can help manage stress so that it doesn’t have a negative impact on health.
Improved focus. Exercise is a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and it has also been shown to improve overall focus as well.
If your loved one finds a physical activity he or she loves, it doesn’t matter what it is! But certain exercises have been shown to be easy on the bodies and minds of older adults:
Beyond the ideas listed above, any type of activity that promotes a healthy balance is a positive. Our balance often diminishes as we get older, so anything that improves that is beneficial.
At Executive Care of Princeton, 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 more 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 things we can do is keep our minds active.
Are you hoping to 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 to try:
Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be enhanced 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 an hour a week.
Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
Exercising. Not only does this help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
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.
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.
Memory is something that can fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. No matter a person’s age, there are ways that memory can be strengthened.
Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep have been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
The brain can feel “foggy” after not getting the right amount of sleep. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for the brain, so that it is given enough time to consolidate memory at night.
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 make sure the mind stays active in the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Princeton can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.
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