Regular exercise is important for people of any age. It can help control weight, prevent disease, and manage stress. Many senior citizens have a sedentary lifestyle, either because of an injury or illness or because they are concerned that they could get injured if they were to exercise. However, the benefits of exercise for seniors are clear. Regular physical activity can prevent many conditions that commonly affect older adults and can lead to better overall health.
Benefits of Exercise for Seniors
Exercise can increase life expectancy. Even moderate amounts of physical activity have been linked to a longer lifespan.
Many seniors are obese because of a lack of physical activity. Obesity is a leading risk factor for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Even moderate exercise, such as walking, can help seniors maintain a healthy weight.
Exercise has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing other diseases such as stroke and some forms of cancer. It may reduce overall hospitalization and death rates.
As people get older, wounds and injuries can take longer to heal. Exercise can speed up the healing process in senior citizens.
Seniors who exercise on a regular basis tend to have better balance than those who don’t. Improved balance can prevent many falls, which are a frequent cause of broken hips and other injuries in older adults.
Exercise can have psychological benefits. It can improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and contribute to a better quality of life.
Physical activity can slow the rate of mental decline. Exercise promotes blood flow throughout the body and to the brain. Exercising on a consistent basis can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
People of Any Age Can Start an Exercise Program
Moderate amounts of physical activity, such as a daily walk, can help seniors reap these benefits. It is never too late for someone to get started on an exercise program and to see the rewards in better physical and mental health.
A Companion Can Accompany Your Parent When Exercising
Many senior citizens do not exercise because they live alone and do not have anyone to go with them. Older adults are often concerned about the risk of getting injured.
If your parent lives alone, a companion can accompany him or her on short walks or other forms of exercise. Dependable Care has a team of trained and compassionate companions serving seniors in Connecticut. One of our caregivers can go with your parent to exercise and make sure he or she stays safe. This can help your parent realize all of the health benefits that come along with regular exercise.
A companion can also provide other services, such as housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and transportation to appointments and visits with family and friends. Dependable Care can match your parent with the right caregiver to improve his or her quality of live and give you peace of mind. To learn more, contact Dependable Care today. Serving Woodbridge, North Haven, New Haven, and surrounding communities in Connecticut.