Why Exercises for Elderly Parents Is Essential
Exercises for Elderly
What? My elderly parents exercise? They're too feeble! It's easy for adult children of elderly parents to believe that our elderly parents are sometimes too feeble to exercise, but there's no reason in the world why an elderly person cannot exercise safely.
Any kind of exercise can be adapted based on cognitive and physical capabilities.
You may wonder why it's important for the elderly to exercise. What's the point? I had someone ask me this the other day at work. He wanted me to give him reasons why exercise for the elderly provided enormous benefits.
In some cases, exercise can be as effective, and sometimes even more so than some of the medications they take.
Here are a few of the reasons I gave:
•Improved stamina, increased mobility, and more energy
•Increased function levels that improve independence
•Exercise promotes the production of serotonin, the "happy hormone" that can do wonders for optimism and self-esteem
•Improved circulation and joint mobility
•Promote better coordination and balance, which reduces fall risks
Shall I go on? From better sleep to losing weight to reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and reducing increased risk of heart disease and other conditions, exercise is important for any age. It's never too late to start exercising, or receive the benefits of exercise.
My Two Cents......