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Maybe you don’t think that exercise plays that big of a role in our overall health. But that’s just not true! Regular physical activity benefits people of all ages, but it’s especially helpful for older adults.
If you need another reason to get started on a regular exercise routine, consider all the benefits of physical fitness:
Increase in mobility. Mobility—or our ability to move around—often diminishes as we get older, but exercising can help limit that effect.
Stronger immune system. Exercise provides a boost to overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.
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.
Decrease in falls. Increased fall risk is common among older adults, but regularly exercising, especially performing balance exercises, can help lower the risk of falling.
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.
Lower blood pressure. Exercise can help moderate blood pressure among everyone, including those who suffer from chronic hypertension.
Beyond the physical benefits of exercise, there are also many brain-boosting and mental health benefits of regular physical activity. This includes:
Reduced stress. Exercise decreases stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and overall heart issues.
Improved mood. Not only will exercise help boost your mood, but it can also lower your risk of developing conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Improved focus. Exercise is a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and it has also been shown to improve overall focus as well.
The best exercise is the one you’ll do regularly! But if you’re considering exercises for your loved one, consider these exercises experts recommend for older adults:
In addition, any type of exercise that promotes good balance is a positive for older adults and can help limit fall risk. Strength training can also prove beneficial, since it boosts bone health.
At Executive Care of Northern Virginia, 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 more about our in-home services.
Staying active is a crucial part of the aging process, but staying physically active is not all that is important as we grow older. One of the greatest things we can do is to keep our minds active.
So how can you help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Read on for a few suggestions.
Here are some brain-approved activities:
Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that after just four months of playing an instrument for an hour a week, seniors experience improvements in the areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement.
Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
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.
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.
Exercising. Not only does this help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, supplementing the golden years with the occasional class has never been easier.
Playing games and doing puzzles. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games and doing puzzles can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
It’s assumed that memory will always fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened, regardless of a person’s age.
Making some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits has been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
After not getting enough sleep, the brain can feel “foggy” as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount experts recommend for our brains.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
It’s essential to keep the mind active during the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Northern Virginia 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
At Executive Care, our mission is to improve quality of life for our clients and their families, while focusing on service excellence.
To be the Home Care company of choice for clients, their families, caregivers and our community.
What makes Executive Care unique is our devotion to client experience. At Executive Care, providing our clients with peace of mind is more than a corporate mission statement; it is the sole reason for doing what we do.