As we grow older, it may become more difficult to maintain our physical and mental fitness. But, the very changes that make fitness more difficult also make it more important – which is why in assisted living communities it is important to provide a variety of activities for residents to help with their health – both mental and physical.
Health experts have reported that physical activity improves overall quality of life as we age, and may also extend life expectancy. As we age, our muscles shorten; our bones become more brittle; and our coordination and balance may decrease. Because of these facts, physical activity is recommended as we age to combat these issues.
An assisted living facility should offer a wide range of activities to motivate seniors to get fit, as the benefits of such activities can be great:
• Exercise improves bone density, coordination and balance;
• Stretching can help to lengthen muscles;
• Cardiovascular health problems can be solved with regular fitness routine.
Even with light intensity exercise, health can be improved including mental health. We often associate old age with forgetfulness, but that does not have to be the case. Physical exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which improves our overall mental health. Regular exercise has even been proven to lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
For overall health, an assisted living community should be offering regular fitness routines for all of their residents. Having a wide variety of types and intensities of activities can help to encourage everyone to participate in one way or another – and increasing the health of the community as a whole!