Staying active can reduce a number of chronic diseases, such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes. There has also been a lot of evidence to prove that bone density increases with exercise, this can help prevent osteoporosis. On top of all of these benefits exercise can also assist with depression and sleeping disorders, improved agility, mobility and independence.
Exercise is crucial for anybody to maintain good health but especially people in their older years. It is recommended that the elderly make an appointment with their GP and follow their advice first. Experts recommend where possible that the elderly exercise for at least half an hour a day, 3 times a week to see benefits in musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary function, as well as an improvement in well being and an enhanced quality of life.
EXERCISES THAT WILL BENEFIT THE ELDERLY
Exercises that help with balance and strengthening are important for the elderly. The National Institute of Health estimates over 300,000 fractured hips are reported each year mainly due to decreased balance resulting in falls. Balance is a very important area to focus on. Standing exercises that include hip, knee and ankle strengthening are very beneficial.
LOCAL EXERCISE CLASSES TO HELP THE ELDERLY STAY ACTIVE
Research based with proven results show that strength building programs offer adults in their older years the ability to enjoy more active lives and simply feel better. There are a number of classes available in our local area.
Hampshire County Council offer a variety of balance classes called ‘Steady and Strong’. Follow the link and see what is available near you https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/olderpeople/balanceclasses
Age Concern Romsey also offer a variety of classes which are not yet available to view online but you can call them for more information on 01794 518817 or visit http://www.romseynet.org.uk/ageconcern/ which will give you an idea of what’s on offer. The 2019 timetable will be available soon. We will keep you updated.
EXERCISES THAT ADULTS CAN DO AT HOME
Exercise can help older people keep their independence. It also helps in recovery from illness and it reduces the risk of disease. Some examples of exercise that the elderly can do are: walking, dancing, swimming or gardening. Doing chores, like sweeping or cleaning the windows also exercises the body.
Hampshire County Council have put together a fantastic leaflet to help with exercises in the home.
If you’d like to find out how we can help your loved one to stay active, please call our friendly team on 02380 009595