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When it comes to a healthy life, there are many different components—regular exercise, not smoking, a balanced diet, plenty of quality sleep.
But of those, exercise perhaps offers the widest range of benefits, especially for older adults.
It might be harder to find the motivation to exercise as we age, but that’s outweighed by the numerous benefits of physical fitness:
Increase in strength. Our ability to move around—also known as mobility—often diminishes as we get older. Regular exercise can help combat that effect.
Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.
Improvement in chronic conditions. Chronic medical conditions are common among older adults, with most experiencing at least one. Exercise can help diminish symptoms and improve overall health.
Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.
Lower blood pressure. Physical activity can help a person maintain a normal blood pressure level, and it’s also been shown to help moderate blood pressure in those who have chronic hypertension.
Decrease in falls. Seniors who exercise regularly are less likely to fall and injure themselves during routine activities.
The physical benefits may be most obvious, but exercise also offers some pretty significant cognitive and mental health benefits, too:
Improved mood. The positive endorphins released during physical activity help boost mood and fend off conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Improved focus. Not only is exercise a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it can also improve overall focus as well.
Reduced stress. Exercise removes stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and heart issues.
It’s important to talk with a doctor before beginning any type of new exercise routine, but there are certain exercises promoted as especially helpful for seniors:
Aim for combination of exercise types—a workout routine should include heart-pumping activities, along with those that boost balance and those that boost bone health and muscle strength.
At Executive Care of Southern Ocean, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn about our in-home services.
Staying active is a crucial part of the aging process, but it’s not just staying physically active that is important as we grow older. One of the greatest things we can do is to keep our minds active.
Not sure how to help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Here are some brain-approved activities:
Memory is something that can fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened, no matter a person’s age.
Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits have been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
Not getting the right amount of sleep can leave the brain feeling “foggy,” as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for our brains.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts, berries and cherries, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
Making sure the mind stays active is essential in the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Southern Ocean can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.
I’d like to convey to you how wonderful the aide Afia is for my mother’s care. She has been with her since last January and has become more than just a caregiver. She truly “cares” and is skillful in her abilities. My mom has had several health situations and her current health has improved to the best she has been in several years. Both her doctor and my family attribute a large part of that to Afia’s care. She is diligent about her diet and sleep patterns, and her “toileting” issues. All of this has contributed greatly to my mom’s overall improved health and her peace of mind as well as our family’s peace of mind. We cannot say enough about her. We are also very satisfied with Executive Care all the way around, from the billing department and everyone we speak with on the phone, very courteous and professional.Cindi E
It’s almost five years since we have been receiving caregivers through Executive Care, and I would like to take this transitional period to express our appreciation for the services you have provided thus far. We are particularly appreciative of the special attention and care Lili has given to our case. Lili has been very sensitive to our particular needs and it has been and remains important to us to have consistency in the arrangements by having Lili as our go-to person in light of Dr. E’s special needs. It is apparent that Lili has many other important responsibilities, so we wanted to thank Executive Care and Lili for the efforts she has made on our behalf.Judge Naomi E
I have had business dealings with Executive Care for some time now and have invariably been very satisfied. The personnel have been considerate, trustworthy, capable and always responsive. They have provided a genuine physical and emotional lift to the patient, in my case an elderly, frail sister. I do not hesitate to recommend the organization for the services rendered.Samuel S
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