January is the perfect time to start a healthy lifestyle. Caregivers can help seniors maintain health with proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle habits.
Benefits of Exercise in Older Age
Increases mental capacity
Research links physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including our brain.
Exercise is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise can also delay or prevent many diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and more.
Injuries can take longer to heal as people age. Regular exercise may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.
Exercise can help improve balance, which can help prevent falls. Falls are a major cause of broken hips and other injuries that often lead to disability and hospitalization in older adults.
Help Seniors Become More Active
Weekly Exercise Routine for Seniors
|15-minute walk twice a day||15-minute walk twice a day||30 minutes swimming, aerobics, etc.||Rest||15-minute walk twice a day||30 minutes swimming, aerobics, etc.||Rest|