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


Establishing a Good Relationship with Elder Care Staff

One of the key selling points of any assisted living facility is the quality of its staff. The best facilities have staff members that are professionally trained, enthusiastic about working with older people, and understanding of the concerns of the residents and their families. Establishing a good working relationship with the staff of your loved one’s assisted living facility will help you ensure he or she gets the best care possible. When moving your loved one into an assisted living facility, take the time to get to know the people who will be helping to take care of your parent, spouse or other loved one. Don’t just say hello to management; get to know the folks who will be regularly interacting with your loved one, including care workers and activities directors. Be sure to provide thorough information about your loved one to facility staff. Give them lists of preferred foods, medications, activities, hobbies and more. The more information staff has about your loved one, the