Exercise and the Elderly — Good for the Body and the Brain

For older individuals, regular exercise can help the body maintain strength and flexibility when it might otherwise begin to break down and become weak or frail. Unfortunately, many seniors have trouble getting into regular exercise routines, leaving them less healthy than they would be otherwise. They understand the body benefits, but it’s still not enough to motivate them to get into gear. Thankfully, there are other ways to motivate seniors to exercise! The fact is that exercise is not only good for the body; it’s also amazing for what it can do to help the brain. Let’s take a look. How Does Exercise Benefit the Brain? Here are some of the ways in which regular physical activity benefits the brain: It boosts the health of nerve cells throughout the body and in the brain It improves memory It increases overall blood flow to the brain, which, in turn, increases oxygen levels It improves overall cognitive function and “sharpness As you can see, exercise does more for the mind
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Exercise and Seniors: The Links Between Physical Activity and Alzheimer’s Prevention

When it comes to experiencing good health, exercise is vital, regardless of age. For seniors, though, exercise can be especially beneficial for keeping injuries and illnesses away, boosting mental health, improving flexibility and balance and maintaining independence. Poor mobility — or a complete lack of it — is a common factor that prevents seniors from living on their own, but with a regular exercise routine, elderly individuals can continue to perform a variety of activities and live more freely.  These days, more and more seniors are convinced of the benefits associated with aging in place, staying healthy and remaining active, which is why they are turning to exercise in greater numbers. Seniors also want to avoid the difficulties associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The good news is that it’s never too late to start. By incorporating exercise into a daily routine slowly and steadily, seniors can avoid many of the pitfalls of aging while feel
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