Home Health Care Advice: ‘Sneaking’ in More Exercise as We Age

July 23rd, 2014

No matter what age we are, exercise, if we are able to, is important to maintaining, and possibly improving, our mental and physical health. As we age, though, it may become more difficult to perform more traditional exercises, like push-ups, sit-ups, and weight lifting, or even to get to a gym for that matter.

Plus, there’s always the “I don’t have time” reasoning.

But working out and keeping your mind and body active doesn’t have to involve difficult exercise or even time-consuming workouts. Studies have shown that walking even a little during the day can help improve our health. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that one can burn almost 300-500 calories just by fidgeting around over the course of a day.

Therefore, again if you are able to, take comfort in knowing that “sneaking in” little exercises into your daily routine can be beneficial in staying physical active.

For instance, something as little as maintaining good posture while sitting and standing can help strengthen our core muscles. And in seniors, maintaining a good core is helpful in preventing falls; one of the leading causes of hospitalizations in seniors.

Additionally, using commercial breaks while watching TV to do some light stretching or moving about can help add minutes to your exercise during the day. Instead of walking to the fridge during a break in your favorite program, take a couple laps around the living room.

Finally, if you can get out of the house, try to find a program around town that caters to senior health and exercise. Not only will these workouts be more tailored to your needs, but the conversation with others and social stimulation can help work out your mind as well as your body.

As always, this advice is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise program.



Study Shows Healthy Lifestyle May Help Safeguard Memory

July 18th, 2014

There’s been some good news in the fight against Alzheimer’s and Dementia this week, as a recent study showed that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s in the United States has declined recently. And there’s been more good news as well, as a study published shortly after these recent findings showed ┬áthat adopting a healthy lifestyle even into our later years may help safeguard our memory.

“This is the first study to definitively show that changing your lifestyle will reduce your risk for cognitive decline,” said Keith Fargo,┬ádirector of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The study followed 1260 people, ages 60-77, with half the study group receiving nutritional guidance, brain game training, involvement in social activities, and heart health management advice; while the other half received normal health advice.

After two years, the group that received additional education and brain stimulation performed better on memory and brain tests than those who did not. Showing that keeping the mind active, at no matter what age we are, is important to maintaining a healthy mind.

The results of the test are also in line with other studies that have come out in the past few years that show bettering your diet, exercise habits, and mental stimulation can help improve your health as you age.

While researchers point out that the study seems to show that more exercise and brain stimulation are helpful in staying healthy as we get older, it can’t totally eliminate the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as we get older.

Still, though, it appears that better exercise and mental stimulation is something we should all try to improve in our daily lives.

Have a great weekend,

Your Friends at Alliance Home Health Care