Health and Wellness for Seniors: Exercise

Health and Wellness for Seniors

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.

Prevents disease

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.

Improves healing

Injuries can take longer to heal as people age. Regular exercise may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.

Increases balance

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

Monday Tuesday Wendesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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
Strength Rest Rest Rest Strength Rest Rest
Balance Balance Balance Rest Balance Balance Rest
Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Rest Flexibility Flexibility Rest