Did you know that older adults should be getting at least 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week? If you’re having a hard time convincing your aging loved one to be physically active, talk with him or her about the many benefits that exercise offers.

Known Physical Benefits of Exercise

Exercise might not be your loved one’s favorite thing to do, but the benefits of exercise far outweigh the negatives:

Increase in strength. Muscles and nerves get stronger with regular use, making day-to-day mobility easier.

Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.

Increase in energy. While your loved one may be tired during or immediately after exercise, overall energy will see a boost with regular physical activity.

Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.

Improvement in chronic conditions. Many who suffer from chronic illnesses, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and mental health issues find their symptoms to be more manageable after implementing a regular exercise routine.

Decrease in falls. One in three older adults falls in a given year, making falls one of the biggest causes of injury and death among the population. Regular exercise can help improve balance, lowering the risk of falling.

Known Mental Benefits of Exercise

The physical benefits might be the most obvious, but there are also many ways that exercise boosts the brain and a person’s mental health:

Improved mood. Physical activity releases positive endorphins, which in turn help boost mood and decrease the risk of anxiety and depression.

Improved focus. Exercise is a known way to lower the risk of developing all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. It also boosts overall cognitive health.

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.

Great Exercises for Seniors

Before beginning any new exercise routine, it’s important for seniors to talk with a doctor. But there are a number of types of exercise that doctors often recommend for older adults:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

Of course, the best exercise is the one your loved one enjoys and will do regularly! So encourage him or her to experiment until finding the right fit.

At Executive Care of Richmond, 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 keep our minds active.

How can you help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.

Enjoyable Mental Activities for Seniors

Here are some brain-approved activities:

  1. Reading. Did you know that the Mayo Clinic found that reading books, in conjunction with other cognitive activities, can lead to a 50% decrease in the chances of developing dementia? That’s plenty of reason to keep your loved one actively reading.
  2. Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that seniors experience improvements in areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement after just four months of playing an instrument for an hour a week.
  3. Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
  4. Socializing. Maintaining a social life can help fight off isolation and depression, and it also has been found to heal aging brains and keep them young.
  5. Exercising. Not only does this help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
  6. Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be added to by the occasional class.
  7. Doing puzzles and playing games. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.

Lifestyle Changes for a Memory Boost

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 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, cruciferous vegetables, berries and cherries, walnuts, 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 Richmond can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.

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