Exercise is healthy. Nobody doubts this, but too often we think of exercise as just the weight-lifting, jogging, and bicycling that young people do in order to look their best. But it is important for those employed in companion care near San Elijo Hills and elsewhere to understand that elderly people need exercise too. A new study confirms scientists’ suspicions that daily exercise holds off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Physical Activity and Mental Health
The researchers involved in this study noticed that, for all the talk of exercise keeping both the mind and body healthy, there was little real scientific study to confirm that it is connected to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Seeking to provide concrete results, the researchers analyzed a group of 716 mentally healthy seniors and followed up four years later to see how their lifestyle had affected their mental health. Not surprisingly, there was enough evidence to state definitively that those with higher rates of daily physical activity suffered lower rates of “cognitive decline.”
Companion Care as an Important Partner in Health
It’s incorrect for providers of companion care to view their job as simply being present in the case of emergency, or keeping their client safe. Often, giving a senior excellent care means making sure he or she gets adequate daily exercise. Sitting around in a darkened house all day is bad for your health! This study confirms that it also increases the risk of losing cognitive functions earlier.
Exercise However Possible
Not every senior can take a walk around their neighborhood every day, even with the help of companion care. But handicapped and wheelchair-bound individuals can still get exercise of some kind with a little creativity and advice from rehabilitation professionals. There are many resources online to get you started helping your elderly loved one keep active and mentally stimulated.
Originally posted 2012-05-16 18:00:40.