The numerous advantages of exercise are obvious, but what isn’t as well recognized is that exercise for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be particularly helpful in many different ways. It can help decrease the risk for muscle weakness as well as other problems that stem from inactivity, can ease the effects of emotional and behavioral changes, and much more.
If you made a resolution back in January to work out more in 2021, ideally you’re continuing to stay with it! Adding more physical activity to your everyday activities is the one resolution we ought to all be implementing. For seniors, many of whom take multiple medications for a number of health problems, this is particularly true.
Engaging in a routine fitness regimen is challenging at any age. Working out is tedious. We would prefer not to invest the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s exercises. We’ve all made excuses such as these for avoiding physical fitness; but frailty and aging make it even more daunting to keep up with an exercise regimen and maintain senior fitness.
The positive effects of physical activity do not decline as we age, and it’s especially vital for older individuals to engage in as active a daily routine as possible. Even older adults who are confined to a bed or wheelchair-bound have a wide variety of methods available to strengthen and develop resistance and flexibility.