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Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?

Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?

A study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that there is a direct link between the likelihood of healthy aging and the amount of exercise older people take, no matter their age when they begin exercising. Many fitness and health experts believe that exercise becomes increasingly important as we get older. There’s a large amount of evidence confirming that physical exercise is a key player in disease reduction, optimal mental, emotional, and physical health, and longevity.

Experts have found the following benefits linked to exercise for the elderly:

  • Even a small amount of physical activity may protect them from long-term memory loss and even help reverse some of the effects of aging.
  • Women between the ages of 75 and 85, all of whom had reduced bone mass or full-blown osteoporosis, were able to lower their fall risk with strength training and agility activities.
  • Moderate exercise among those aged 55-75 may cut the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which increases heart disease and diabetes risk.
  • Exercise significantly improves muscle endurance and physical capacity among heart failure patients with an average age of 76.

Exercise is key to improving balance and stamina, both important factors as we age. Falls are responsible for most fractures and traumatic brain injuries among the elderly, plus senior citizens are likely to develop a fear of falling again, which leads them to limit their activities and in turn increase their risk of falling even more.

With this in mind, a good question to ask yourself is if there a way for your senior living facility to implement a workout program for your residents. Studies have found that seniors are more likely to exercise if they aren’t doing it alone, and if they truly enjoy the activity they are partaking in. Some people may enjoy activities such as Yoga or Tai Chi while others may like to do light weight lifting.

At DigniCARE, we’re poised to help your senior living facility meet the challenges of a changing environment where the goal is to elevate the quality of life for residents. Our services encompass innovative solutions for nursing homes insuranceassisted living facilitiesindependent living facilities, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). To learn more call (855) 883-6306.

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