At Fairview Place, we plan activities and wellness programs that support a person's overall health and fitness.
Wellness is a framework that can be used to help us balance our growth and to maintain our level of activity. At Fairview
Place we have a wellness room to help promote and encourage daily activity for all of our clients. Fairview Place has partnered
up with the National Institute of Aging's 'Go4Life' campaign which encourages all seniors to stay active and fit.
can benefit tremendously from regular exercise. The Centers for Disease Control reports that seniors have even more to gain
than younger people by becoming more active because they are at higher risk for the health problems that physical activity
Even moderate physical activity can help seniors to:
mental capacity: Research links physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow to all
parts of your body, including your brain, and might promote cell growth there. Exercise — particularly if it starts
early and is maintained over time — is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. (Source: Senior
Prevent disease: Exercise may delay or prevent many diseases associated
with aging, such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and others, and may reduce overall death and hospitalization
rates, according to the National Institute of Aging.
Improve healing: Injuries and
wounds take longer to heal as people age. Regular exercise by older adults may speed up the wound-healing process by as much
as 25 percent. (Source: Senior Journal.com)
Improve quality of life: A new study has found
that previously sedentary senior citizens who incorporated exercise into their lifestyles not only improved physical function,
but experienced psychological benefits as well. (Source: SeniorJournal.com)
Increase balance: This
helps prevent falls, a major cause of broken hips and other injuries that often lead to disability and loss of independence.
(Source: Senior Journal.com)
Increase life expectancy: Benefits are greater among the
most active persons, but are also evident among those who reported moderate activity, according to the CDC.
little goes a long way: “When it comes to exercise for seniors, consistency is more important than intensity,”
explains Montgomery. Researchers have found that you don’t have to engage in strenuous exercises to gain health benefits.
“Moderate exercise, such as walking five or more days a week, can lead to substantial health benefits. Even brief amounts
of physical activity, say 10 minutes at a time, can be beneficial.”
Never too late: According
to the National Institute of Aging, exercise isn’t just for seniors in the younger age range. People who are 80, 90
or older can also benefit greatly from physical activity. Exercising regularly can help prevent or delay some diseases and
disabilities as people age. In some cases, it can improve health and independence for older people who already have diseases
and disabilities, if it’s done on a long-term, regular basis.
“The key is to find something
geared to your fitness level that you enjoy doing,” says Montgomery. “And it’s important to start at a level
you can manage and work your way up slowly.” Start by seeing your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
Tips for sticking with an exercise program:
Have a plan: Identify
obstacles and find ways around them. For instance, your fitness routine easily could run off track during the holidays and
vacations. Look for hotels with a health club, and include a walking or biking tour of scenic or historic places in your vacation
Review your goals: If you start to feel it’s just not worth it, think about
why you decided to change in the first place. Maybe you wanted to lose weight. Perhaps you’ve lowered your blood pressure
or are beginning to control your diabetes. Reminding yourself of the goals you’ve realized and the ones you’re
still striving for will help you push ahead.
Mobilize your support system: Call on friends,
family members, or neighbors who have been your cheerleaders. They can encourage you to stick with it.
easy on yourself: Falling off track doesn’t mean throwing in the towel. Remind yourself that change takes time.
(Source: AARP) Janet Crozier has more than 30 years of experience working with
older adults. Ms. Crozier holds a Graduate Certificate in Aging and Adult Services and is a Certified Senior Advisor. She
has served on Northeast Florida Area Agency on Aging’s Board of Directors for many years and has been recognized nationally
for her service to Medicare beneficiaries by the federal Medicare program. Currently, Ms. Crozier is a full time Senior Educator
with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. Thanks to www.Caregiver.com