How Elderly Adults Overcome Barriers to Exercise

Too many elderly adults feel that their physical limitations due to age-related health conditions are a barrier to getting regular exercise. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Even seniors in wheelchairs or with significant physical challenges can reap the benefits of a regular exercise plan. Family caregivers can play a significant role in helping their aging relatives overcome … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Help Seniors Get More Physical Activity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults who are aged 65 or older need 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. For people who don’t enjoy structured exercise, being physically active can be unappealing and difficult. The good news is that physical activity doesn’t have to come from working out at the gym or even taking an exercise class. Any kind of … [Read more...]

Why Do So Many Doctors Recommend Swimming for the Elderly?

Your senior's doctor may have recommended that she start exercising. In fact, one of the activities he might have mentioned could very well be swimming. It's a popular activity for aging adults and there are plenty of good reasons for that. It's Easy on Damaged Joints. Few exercises are as low impact as swimming is. The phrase "low impact" refers to the fact that there's no jostling or … [Read more...]

Make Sure Your Dad’s Getting in His 2,000 Steps Each Day

In BioMed Central's “How Many Steps/Day Are Enough? For Older Adults and Special Populations,” the authors look into the target numbers for seniors. After studying numerous reports, they summarized that healthy older adults should get at least 2,000 steps in every day. The more walking the seniors in the studies did, the better their overall health. You want your dad's mobility and balance … [Read more...]