Exercise Tips for Seniors

How Often to Exercise Exercise routines should be done according to a doctor’s plans, keeping the physical and mental health of the patient in mind. All routines recommend at least one hour of daily physical activity for senior adults, though often specific exercise regimens will include rest days where you should remain active but refrain from that particular exercise. These rest days allow the muscles to heal themselves for improved performance over time, and while some highly intensive programs may only require one rest day, other programs may require multiple rest days. Make sure to follow the regimen that is

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What to Look For In An Exercise Class Or Routine

Improvements in physical and psychological health can lead to some significant benefits in other areas of an older person’s life, especially by prolonging their ability to live independently. In turn, this greater independence helps to maintain physical and mental health. In short, the effects of exercise are more holistic than even some doctors realize, and remembering this can keep you motivated as you begin your exercise routine. Once you’re clear about what you’re after and what you should avoid, it’s time choose an exercise routine. Here are some aspects to consider: Timing — Health experts recommend that older adults exercise on

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Exercising for Life

Exercising for Life

When people think about their later years, they usually imagine a life freed from work or career commitments. They hope, too, that this new freedom will allow them to give their full attention to family, friends, and the activities they feel most passionate about. Making this dream a reality, however, requires health and independence, which in turn require a renewed commitment to staying healthy in general and to maintaining that health through exercise. The good news, though, is that exercise confers all the same benefits to seniors that it does to those earlier in life, including increased longevity, improved mental

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Exercises That Help Slow Aging

How Exercise Helps your Body and Brain

Getting older might inhibit how much you can exercise, but even small, gentle bouts of fitness go a long way to making your body and mind more youthful. A Swedish study found that physical activity is the main contributor to a longer life, even if you only start working out during your later years! Here are some of the best “fountain of youth” exercises to add to your day. Exercises That Help Slow Aging Squat! Simple squatting exercises are great for strengthening your legs, which in turn keeps your mind young. Yes, really. According to a study published in Gerontology that monitored

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5 of the Best Exercises for Seniors

5 of the Best Exercises for Seniors

Staying active in your older years isn’t always easy, but choosing the right activity can make all the difference. When you’re able to enjoy the time you spend keeping active, it’s much easier to keep up a regular fitness routine. It’s also important to find a low-stress, senior-friendly activity: one where your risk of strain or injury is lowered. At Visiting Angels, our home care providers have been helping seniors for nearly twenty years. Below, we’ve collected five of the best exercises for seniors. All of these activities offer light or moderate exercise, a low risk of strain and injury,

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Surprising Research on Water Exercises and Bone Density

Surprising Research on Water Exercises and Bone Density

Is it difficult for you to workout sometimes? Do you find weight-bearing exercises  challenging? Or do you avoid exercise because it seems like a chore, instead of an enjoyable activity?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you’re a great candidate to try water-based exercises!  Water-based exercise (WBE) is more than a novelty. It’s a great, low-impact exercise for seniors  with minimal risk of injury. What’s more, research proves WBE can have positive effects on bone mineral density, similar to land-based exercises (LBE). A recent meta-analysis published in the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine  showed promising

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Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Do you think you could walk 4 extra steps per minute while you’re awake each day? That’s 4 steps, not city blocks or country miles. Because research shows those 4 extra steps could drop your risk of; diabetes by 23%, stroke by 22%, and even heart disease by 17%!¹ Here’s how we know that: A few years back, the Mayo Clinic published a startling chart that revealed how various diseases could be avoided by walking an extra 3,000 and 6,000 steps each day. If that sounds like a lot, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not! According to an

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How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

It has long been known that exercise benefits the brain through improved vascular health, but scientists are beginning to discover that the benefits could be much more far-reaching. Watch Richard London, MD, Silverado Oak Village Medical Director, explain how exercise may be far more beneficial than previously believed. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] Recent studies show an association between higher levels of physical activity and a slowing in cognitive decline and dementia onset. In some cases an increase in the volume of the hippocampus (where Alzheimer's starts) was observed. Based on this research, Silverado has made physical exercise a pillar of the Nexus program, which is designed to help

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Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors

Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors

Summer’s here, and for elder care providers – and the seniors they care for – that means warm weather, fun, and sunshine. But as we all know, sometimes too much sun is bad for us. This is especially true for seniors, who are more prone to heat stroke and other kinds of heat illness than the rest of us. Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors “Heat stroke is something we take very seriously at Visiting Angels,” says Larry Meigs, CEO and president of Visiting Angels, a nationwide elder care agency. “Our elder care providers are trained in

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