Staying active while living in long-term care communities

When someone transitions to a long-term care setting, there is often a feeling of lost independence or a perception that a person can no longer be active. But in today’s modern senior living centers, there are usually a wide array of programs or activities that help seniors stay physically fit.

Not only does staying active help seniors maintain their mobility and strength, it can produce positive mental health outcomes as well, according to Dr. Tanya Gure, a section chief of geriatrics at Ohio State University.

“It’s a critical part of well-being to be able to interact with others and to have those social connections,” she said.

Often, seniors can continue the same type of activities they pursued when they were younger. Some common examples include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Water Aerobics
  • Weight Training
  • Walking

Of course, there isn’t one activity or program that will work for every person, which is why most senior communities offer a variety of options. For residents with arthritis, water aerobics is an activity that minimizes strain on joints. Yoga and Pilates can also be very helpful in maintaining balance and preventing falls. Before pursuing any activity, seniors should always consult their doctor.

For more information on how to remain active in older years, refer to the links below:

Fitness Tips and Exercise Myths

Exercise Guidance

How Often to Exercise

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