According to CBS News – Sunday Morning which aired August 7, 2016 – almost anybody — even as late as their 70s or 80s — can not only cheat old age but may also substantially reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by doing something as simple as walking.
“What we’ve noticed with two decades of aging research is those people who remain active, their rate of decline is much slower,”
The benefits of exercise go beyond building muscle and maintaining a healthy weight- exercise can help you keep doing what’s most important to you!
Recommended senior exercise tips according to HELPGUIDE.ORG
Tips for building a balanced exercise plan may include:
- Cardio Endurance – Uses large muscle groups in rhythmic motions over a period of time. Cardio workouts get your heart pumping and you may even feel a little short of breath. Cardio includes walking, stair climbing, swimming, hiking, cycling, rowing, tennis, and dancing. Cardio exercises help lessen fatigue and shortness of breath. Promotes independence by improving endurance for daily activities.
- Strength – Strength training builds muscles with repetitive motion using weight or external resistance from body weight, machines, free weights, or elastic bands. Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle and improves balance – both important in staying active and avoiding falls.
- Flexibility – Challenges the ability of your joints to move freely through a full range of motion. This can be done through stationary stretches and stretches that involve movement to keep your muscles and joints supple so they are less prone to injury.
- Balance – Maintains standing and stability, whether your stationary or moving around. Try yoga, Tai Chi, and posture exercises to gain confidence with balance which also reduces the risk of falling.
Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness and pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging…is good for your mind, mood, and memory.
Aging can be difficult, but the qualified CNAs and HHAs referred by Granny NANNIES are trained to provide the special care required to make the process easier, and it’s done in the privacy and comfort of home. Alongside therapy and other preventative actions, CNAs and HHAs assist in routine daily activities, such as personal care and monitoring cognitive risk factors.