As we get older, we experience both mental and physical changes to our health. There are strategies for achieving a healthier life to remain active and independent for as long as possible.
Move More. Sit Less: Sitting too much can be harmful to your health. Research suggests adults age 65+ should do at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Walking and swimming are both good options of exercise for older adults.
Maintain Your Flexibility: Flexibility allows us to move our bodies and joints freely and with ease. You can improve your flexibility at any age with gentle stretching and exercise. Stretching each morning can help reduce pain and stiffness and help you move more comfortably throughout the day.
Take Care of Your Joints: Poor joint health can impact your ability to move and enjoy life. Engage in low-impact exercises such as swimming, walking, yoga, and stretching to ease joint stiffness and help you move more freely. Reduce the stress on your joints by maintaining a healthy weight.
Reduce Your Risk for Cognitive Decline: A healthy lifestyle that includes regular cardiovascular exercise, a healthy balanced diet, and proper quality sleep can help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Prevent Falls & Maintain Balance: Maintaining good balance and sense of body position is critical to preventing falls. Your balance may be improved with exercises that strengthen the core, back, ankle, knee, and hip muscles along with exercises that improve the function of the balance system.
Therapy Can Help Aging Adults Stay Active & Independent
Exercise is extremely important in managing many common symptoms of aging. Physical therapists can teach you how to exercise appropriately for joint mobility, muscle strength, and fitness. Occupational therapists help older adults to safely do the things they want to do, stay active and live well despite limitations. Talk with your doctor to see if Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapy is right for you.