Wood Private Home Care (WPHC) knows that an active senior exercise and activity plan is essential to optimum senior health.
Senior exercise and activity enrich the lives of seniors, maximizing their quality of life and extending the time they can live independently. This is the reason why WPHC makes physical activity a regular part of our caregiving.
Be as active as possible
Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities. That’s why health experts say that older adults should aim to be as active as possible.
Being inactive can be risky
Although exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, some older adults are reluctant to exercise. Some are afraid that exercise will be too hard or that physical activity will harm them. Others might think they have to join a gym or have special equipment. Yet, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they’ve aged.
It’s usually because they’re not active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.
When considering the needs of seniors, family members, and friends need to be attentive to home care indicators. They often realize that seniors may benefit from an in-home care service. Therefore such service could help them maintain their independence. One of these indicators is an inability or lack of desire to be active physically.
Our home aides plan physical activities appropriate to each client’s health conditions and physical abilities—from walks in the neighborhood or in the grocery store, to dancing, to helping with housework.
A senior exercise and activity plan help seniors maintain muscle tone, flexibility, balance, the range of motion and mobility. Such a plan decreases the risk of disease. All of these activities are essential factors in sustaining an independent living, quality of life and the ability to perform daily living.