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Nursing Homes Insurance: The Effects of Inactivity on the Elderly

Nursing Homes Insurance The Effects of Inactivity on the ElderlyNursing Homes Insurance: The Effects of Inactivity on the Elderly

As we discussed in our blog post “Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?” there is a large amount of evidence confirming that physical exercise is a key player in disease reduction, optimal mental, emotional, and physical health, and longevity. Just as exercise can benefit the elderly, however, inactivity can actually make them deteriorate faster.

A number of studies have shown that physical exercise can actually “remodel” the brain, by prompting the creation of new brain cells and inducing other changes. Now, according to one study recently published in The Journal of Comparative Neurology, researchers found that being sedentary changes the shape of certain neurons in ways that significantly affect the brain and the heart.

Other studies have shown that by engaging in physical activity, elderly individuals can improve more than just their physical health, but also their mental and social health. While we know the benefits, it’s important to look at the negative effects of inactivity on the elderly. Here are a few:

Increase chance of developing hypertension. High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for having serious medical conditions develop, such as stroke or kidney disease. By making the heart stronger through exercise, we allow it to pump blood more efficiently throughout the body.

Risk of developing heart disease increases. The efficiency of coronary blood flow is impaired in people who are physically inactive. Another link between inactivity and heart disease is cholesterol levels.

Osteoporosis is more likely to occur. With continued inactivity, over time the bones can become weak, a condition known as osteoporosis. This condition can cause the bones to fracture easily and occurs most frequently in older adults. Physical activity helps strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis from developing in the first place.

These are just a few of the ways that inactivity can negatively affect the elderly. A few other risk factors that develop from inactivity include; the increase of colon and breast cancer risk, risk of obesity, increased chance of gallstone formation, adult onset diabetes development, and a higher chance of developing depression and anxiety.

Knowing this, as an employee in the senior living community, gives you an opportunity to make a change. Ask yourself if there is a way for your nursing homes to implement a workout program for your residents. See if it can become a social activity, as people are more likely to exercise if they aren’t doing it alone.

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 insurance policiesassisted living facilities, independent living facilities, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). To learn more call (855) 883-6306.

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