We all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, but what you may not know is that senior adults have some unique reasons why staying active without overexerting themselves is important. In this blog, we will discuss 5 benefits of exercise for older adults.
1. Maintain independence longer
According to Harvard Medical School, seniors who remain active retain their independence for a longer period of time. Seniors who remain active are more likely to be able to dress, bathe, cook, and eat without assistance.
While anyone can be hurt in a fall, older adults are much more likely to experience serious injuries. According to a report by the National Council of Aging, a senior is admitted to an emergency room every 11 seconds because of a fall. But another report by Harvard Medical School says that seniors who exercise can reduce their chances of a fall by 23%.
3. Increase Energy
While it may sound counterintuitive to some, sitting around all day actually makes you more tired, while regular exercise can increase your energy. Physical activity promotes the release of endorphins, which helps combat stress, mitigate pain, promote healthy sleep, and improve energy levels.
4. Counteract Disease
Osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and depression are all common conditions among Canadian seniors – and they can be deadly. But adopting an active lifestyle can help prevent some of these conditions or mitigate some of their symptoms.
5. Promote Brain Function
Alzheimer’s and dementia are becoming increasingly common today. Not only do these diseases often cause seniors to lose their independence, but they rob families of their loved ones before their time. Seniors who exercise regularly are more likely to have better cognitive health as it increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain. And according to research by the Alzheimer Association, regular exercise may reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer’s by a much as 50%.
Can home care help?
Seniors who are alone or who have limited mobility might not feel confident or motivated enough to exercise on their own. A home care worker can accompany your senior loved one on walks or help them with simple exercises.
For more information about home care and our exercise program, contact VERA Home Care today!