Posted by: Bert Copple | June 3, 2010

Physical Activity Is Important for Seniors

Exercise is emerging as one of the key ways to starve off chronic diseases and, in general, help people stay healthier in old age. Next to maintaining a healthy weight, exercise in men was found to be the most important factor in warding off heart failure. And, physical activity was just as important for women, according to a Health Day report.

Among men who exercised five or more times a week, 11 percent developed heart failure, compared with 14 percent of those who didn’t exercise, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A study of 27,000 women with an average age of 55 found that, over an 11-year period, those who exercised were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack than women who were sedentary. This study was published last year in Circulation.

“The most important organ in an older person’s body is their legs,” said Dr. Walter Bortz, 80, of Stanford University School of Medicine. “If your legs stay good, everything else takes care of itself. You don’t fall down and break your hip. Your heart stays good. You don’t get frail.”

It’s never too late to start exercising, Bortz says. “Even people in their 70s still have a tremendous capacity to improve their strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity.”

Bortz said seniors should strive for at least three 30-minute exercise session a week, though more is better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends five sessions.

It’s very well known by most people that exercise benefits everyone a great deal. This study shows that even an hour and a half of activity each week will improve a senior’s overall health. What’s missing is the motivation from someone to get them up and moving, but Home Instead Senior Care has your answer.

Home Instead has astounding CAREGivers that are certified to ensure that they are friendly and outgoing. They are always willing to get your loved one off of the couch and outside. So why wait any longer? Home Instead is the world’s trusted in-home care company in the world, with over 800 franchises.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

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