Companion Care near San Elijo Hills: Take a Walk!

Companion Care Near San Elijo Hills ExerciseExercise 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.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.