If you think seniors are too old for exercise, a study featured in Harvard Health Publications begs to disagree. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the trial called Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) concludes that regular exercise and walking can help the elderly in avoiding physical disability.
The structured exercise program that half of the study’s participants engaged in included daily walks and exercises for strength, balance, and flexibility. The rest of the seniors in the trial learned healthy aging concepts, including the value of exercise and mild stretching, through workshops. Chief Medical Editor Howard LeWine, M.D. writes more on the report:
Older people who are physically more active and who exercise regularly are more likely to walk independently and do other activities of daily living on their own compared to sedentary elders. Is it possible for inactive folks to change this scenario?
According to today’s report from the LIFE trial, the answer is yes. A structured exercise program can make a difference even among older individuals who do not currently exercise.
Some older people may have the impression that they have passed the age at which starting an exercise program will do them any good. According to the LIFE results, taking up exercise at any age offers benefits down the road.
Generally, exercise will be beneficial to the health and independence of seniors. However, their safety should still be ensured. With Chicago home care done by professionals and the use of appropriate technology for assistance and monitoring, senior lives can be safer, more active, and independent.
A reliable provider of technology solutions and professional home care in Chicago, such as Comfort Keepers of Chicagoland Area, IL, can be consulted for comprehensive services. Highly qualified professional caregivers from the company can serve as a senior’s companion in his/her daily activities at home.
If the caregiver will not be providing 24-hour in-home care and companionship, or if the caregiver performs duties away from the client (e.g. preparing meals, shopping for groceries), the senior can be monitored through security devices. Sensors can be used to track activity, such as if the client falls or if he/she goes outside the home. If anything goes wrong, say, the senior slips or feels chest pain while exercising, he/she can activate a personal emergency response system. Trained responders can attend to the elderly’s condition immediately.
(Source: Walking, other exercise helps seniors stay mobile, independent, Harvard Health Publications, May 28, 2014)