The evidence for balance and flexibility training is inconclusive. Nevertheless, empiric evidence suggests that balance programs, such as repeatedly standing on one leg, can improve stability and decrease the risk of falls. Deconditioned and sedentary elderly patients should be encouraged to improve their functional ability with strength and balance training before beginning aerobic exercise. A physical therapist can be helpful in identifying physical limitations and designing a specific exercise routine. Personal trainers or other athletic club personnel also may be helpful for relatively healthy patients who are already generally active. Trained geriatric exercise leaders are becoming increasingly common at health clubs and senior centers.
Better senior health is possible, and it is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Let’s make 2016 the best year yet in senior health, by harnessing the power of geriatric exercise. For more information on safe exercise for seniors, check out this offered through the NIH’s National Institute on Aging. And if you or a loved one would like to experience the “no pain, all gain” fun of anti-gravity exercise, check out our to find an AlterG unit in your neck of the woods. Defying age, by defying gravity; we like the sound of that!
Exercise is a crucial part of maintaining good health, functional independence, and quality of life in older adults. Staying fit and healthy may even slow the signs of aging and reduce the chances of disability and disease. Theracycle’s motorized geriatric exercise equipment for seniors provides a convenient way to get the aerobic and strengthening that are most commonly recommended by doctors.
For many seniors, the prospect of undertaking an exercise regimen can seem daunting. They may worry about safety, or feel that they have to engage in extremely strenuous activities to reap the rewards of fitness. But Dr. Montgomery that, “When it comes to geriatric exercise, consistency is more important than intensity. Moderate exercise, such as walking five or more days a week, can lead to substantial health benefits. Even brief amounts of physical activity, say 10 minutes at a time, can be beneficial.”
Geriatric Therapeutic Exercise - Jackson, MS
December 3, 2016 to December 4, 2016
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