Why Exercises for Elderly Parents Is Essential

by Elaine
(Boise, ID)

Exercises for Elderly

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......

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Exercises for Elderly Help My Mother with Coordination
by: Cherri

One thing I noticed about my elderly mom was her fear of falling. She has poor eyesight and as she's gotten older her coordination has gotten worse.

We got online and found a series of chair exercises that she can do and now she's getting her confidence back. I've noticed that her coordination and stamina have improved.

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Exercises for Elderly Uncle at the Gym
by: Brenda

My elderly uncle joined a local gym because they had senior exercise classes available.

To my surprise, he's actually "bulked up" after utilizing their equipment for the past couple of months. His energy levels have increased, he feels better about himself, and he seems happier.

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Exercises for Elderly Mother After Surgery
by: Mimi

After hip surgery, 75-year-old mother, who had always been relatively active, was afraid to do anything exercise-related.

I had to encourage her and go with her for short walks down the street that have now progressed to around the block. She's getting her confidence back, feeling better, and stronger.

Exercise of any form is beneficial, even those daily walks around the block.

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