4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise

4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise

By and large, most Americans prefer to avoid exercise. As we grow older, exercise becomes more difficult, and we come up with more and more excuses to avoid it. Unfortunately, that can have grave consequences for seniors: lack of physical activity harms the elderly more than any other age group. 4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise Despite that fact, few American seniors meet the CDC’s physical activity guidelines for older adults. The CDC’s guidelines for healthy seniors include 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, and muscle-strengthening exercise two or more

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5 Fitness Exercises for Relieving Chronic Pain

5 Fitness Exercises for Relieving Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a health issue that disproportionately affects elderly Americans. According to a 2001 study, more than 50 percent of seniors (65 years and older) in retirement communities and more than 80 percent of nursing home residents said they suffered from persistent pain. Pain was the most frequently reported symptom among elderly test subjects in other findings. 5 Fitness Exercises for Relieving Chronic Pain The fact that chronic pain is so prevalent in aging populations means that older adults are also being prescribed opiate painkilling drugs in “astounding” numbers, according to an Associated Press report released just last year. The

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How Exercise Helps your Body and Brain

How Exercise Helps your Body and Brain

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] 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. How Exercise Helps your Body and Brain 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

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Is 40, 50, 60+ Too Old to Start Yoga?

If you see pictures in magazines, then you would think that yoga is only for young, flexible, mainly women who can do very advanced poses. However that is far from the reality. I teach yoga to over 50’s. When I explain what I do, I am often told: “I am too old to start yoga.” I ask why and they say I could never do those “pretzel poses”. I rather like that description of very difficult poses done to show off someone’s skill. Is 40, 50, 60+ Too Old to Start Yoga? The majority of people in yoga classes are over

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3 Senior Activities that Improve Balance & Prevent Falls

3 Senior Activities that Improve Balance & Prevent Falls

Falls are a major concern for seniors and elderly care providers alike. Declining strength, coordination, mobility, and visibility all increase seniors’ risk of falling. Meanwhile, poor bone strength can increase the risk of severe fractures. Together, these risk factors have made falls the number one cause of accidental death among Americans over the age of sixty-five. The good news is that it’s possible to lower that risk. Both medical and elderly care professionals recommend a number of fall prevention strategies that can help seniors and family caregivers lower elderly adults’ risk of falling. One of the best ways to do

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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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