Did you know that almost 70% of UK citizens turning 65 will end up needing long-term care at some point in their lives? It’s important to make sure that while they’re living there, your aging loved one stays active and healthy.
When we say active, we mean both physically and socially. And, more often than not, the two can go hand in hand.
Here are a few ways for seniors to stay active.
FUN WAYS SENIORS CAN STAY ACTIVE WHILE IN CARE HOMES
Keeping active in day-to-day life while living in a care home is the best way the elderly can take care of themselves. Participating in social and physical healthy activities arranged at the facility can have a very beneficial effect on their overall well-being while living in a care home.
Doing healthy activities such as:
- Exercise activities: Stretching classes, dance classes, etc
- Games: Playing cards or board games
- Recreational: Gardening, Arts & Crafts, Pet Therapy, Movie and Music events, etc
Fun Active Things to do in a Group
One great benefit of care homes for the elderly is that there are lots of planned activities daily to keep residents happy and active to stimulate the mind, body, and soul. And better yet, all the activities are onsite, so it’s very convenient.
Most facilities offer a variety of fun group activities so residents can socialise and stay active at the same time, such as:
- Group walks or hikes
- Yoga, Pilates, or Tai Chi classes
- Dance classes
- Water exercise classes
Senior Exercise and Fitness Tips
Exercise and physical activity is anything that gets you moving and raises your heart rate a little. Adults aged 65 and over are more likely to become sedentary (especially when living in a care home) due to health reasons. But keeping active, within reason, is the best way to combat this. According to the NHS, seniors should aim to exercise for at least 150 minutes a day. The primary daily goal is to simply get moving.
These low-impact activities and exercises are a great way to maintain strength, flexibility, and balance.
- Stretching: Yoga, Pilates
- Chair Exercises: Leg marching, leg extensions, upper body twists, arm raises
- Strengthening: Tai Chi, equipment-free bodyweight exercises, swimming, walking