Geriatric Care Managers Help Seniors Stay Fit

The holidays are long since past, and the President’s Day and Saint Patrick’s Day parties are over, and you know what that means – it’s time to think about getting fit. For most of us that means a new pair of running shoes, a workout DVD, or maybe even a gym membership. But for the seniors in your life, staying active and healthy isn’t that simple.

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.

Tim Colling
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 and to 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.

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