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Senior Living: Increase Independence with Adaptive Exercises

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Some of the best practices to keep your loved ones happy and healthy are simple. Low-impact exercises can aid seniors in maintaining their daily activities. Helping your parent adapt to simple exercises and regular physical activity can improve their ability to be independent and assist them in leading a longer, healthier lifestyle. Exercise is part of leading a more active life, and regular physical activity can better prevent disease and improve quality of life.


Possible Benefits of regular physical activity in seniors

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of certain types of cancers
  • Prevents post-menopausal osteoporosis & osteoporotic fractures
  • Reduces complication of immobility
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces risk of accidental falls
  • Improves mental & cognitive function
  • Reduces stress & anxiety
  • Improves self-confidence

Finding the Best Exercise for Seniors


The type of exercise in correlation to its intensity will depend on the ability of your parent or loved one. Try a few simple exercises to find those that bring satisfaction to your loved one and will be easy to continue. Aerobic exercises like dancing or walking around the block, a treadmill at home, or a loop at the mall can help improve endurance. Activities like water aerobics or swimming take pressure off joints and help you feel lighter. Simple chores are also great aerobic choices! Anything from cleaning to gardening counts as great physical activity. Using bands for resistance training can help improve strength. Not only is physical exercise good for your body, but it's beneficial for your mental health as well. Seniors should be performing physical activity at least 3 to 4 days a week.

There are a few exercises that can be done right from your home. But check with your doctor before beginning any major exercise routine or regiment.


Strength training/resistance training

  • Can be done seated
  • Can be done with a band and a ball
  • Can be done without any equipment

"Remember that getting active is not just about adding years to your life, but also about adding life to your years – and it's never too late to start!" – Jason Koh, DO


At Evergreen Place Assisted Living in Chillicothe, we take pride in our caregiver's experience in providing the best senior care. We have health care professionals, nurses, therapists, and wellness coordinators who are excited to welcome your loved one to our community. Call us to learn more and set up a tour today!

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