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The American College of Sports Medicine recommends adults over age 65 participate in aerobic exercises for 30 minutes each day, strength training two to three times per week, and practice balance exercises such as t’ai chi. This combination keeps the heart and lungs strong, reduces bone loss, and helps prevent falls. Joining a group program such as those found at the local senior center or simply scheduling walks with friends can motivate your loved one to stick with an exercise plan and provide an important social outlet as well. Geriatric care managers are a good source for finding exercise classes and facilities designed with the needs of seniors in mind.
While getting adequate exercise is important for every age level, it’s equally vital your loved one has the approval of his or her doctor before beginning any workout program. This is especially true for seniors who have previously led a sedentary life or who have other health concerns. With a doctor’s permission and a geriatric care manager’s guidance, there’s no reason your elderly loved one can’t be active and fit for many years to come.
Originally posted 2011-03-24 10:35:06.