Safety is always a paramount concern with elder exercise programs. There are some unique challenges for the elderly with exercise prescription. This population is less adaptable to temperature changes. Since elderly individuals have a lower proportion of total body water, they are more susceptible to dehydration. Water intake needs to be regularly encouraged before, during and after exercise. The elderly are more susceptible to cold injuries because of their decreased ability to perceive ambient air temperatures adequately and respond appropriately. This may be due to decreased muscle mass, loss of subcutaneous fat, inadequate vasoconstriction, or the affects of medications. Therefore, clothing needs to be layered to adjust to varying temperatures. When outside, near any transportation roadways, reflective attire is recommended. Poor air quality from pollution or traffic may be contraindicated for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, due to impaired foot sensation, many elderly have a lessened ability to detect blisters and other friction injuries. Because of decreased sensory abilities, such as eyesight and balance, it is best to perform exercise in well-lighted areas with user friendly equipment. Elders need to be educated to slow down and stop if they experience any health warning signs during exercise.
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