Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits for seniors, such as better joint health and improvements in blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 85.6 million (>1 in 3) American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease.
Encouraging Mom and Dad to keep hearts healthy will benefit them in many ways, from preventing bone loss to reducing the risk of diseases associated with aging. Luckily, senior living communities typically offer exercise and wellness programs that support healthy heart function. Here are three heart-healthy activities for seniors to look into:
1. WATER AEROBICS
The heated pools in retirement communities make it more comfortable for residents to swim a few laps or take part in water aerobics classes. Water aerobics not only are good for the heart, but the buoyancy protects joints and reduces the risk of falls. Many communities offer safe entry options such as stairs in the shallow end or lifts.
2. EXERCISE CLASSES
Heart-healthy activities for seniors offered at a senior living community might include anything from stationary cycling to strength training to yoga. Group exercise classes are not only great for your parents’ cardiovascular health and physical wellness, they enhance social wellness—improving memory and concentration and reducing isolation and loneliness.
Whether it’s a long stroll or quick, brisk walk, it’s important for Mom and Dad to stretch their legs every once in a while. The campuses of many senior living communities feature smooth, paved walkways so your parents can get their daily dose of exercise and fresh air.
Some assisted living communities allow family members to join residents in heart-healthy activities for seniors, so make wellness a family affair and attend a class or two with them. As with any new activity, make sure your parents have received their doctor’s approval before beginning an exercise program.
At Life Care Services, we prioritize physical activities in older adults so residents can maintain their quality of life. Contact us today for more information on everything our Lifestyle and Health Services program can do for your parents.