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5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults

Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.

Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Myth 2: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength and rest.

Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicines for illnesses.

Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.

Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.

Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old, to start exercising

Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.

Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.

Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.

As a teacher of movement and balance exercises for seniors in Independent and assisted living center, I run across a good number of seniors who are used to sitting and doing nothing during the course of a normal day. I find this to be true also of most over 80 seniors who are home bound.

Having been a caregiver to my mother-in-law and working with my mom who is in her 80’s the main issues for them not exercising is not what I first thought it would be. I used to think they just don’t care and have chosen to give up and as a result have let themselves go.  Read the rest of this entry »

In the last few years working with the senior population I have run across a huge contingent of people who are their parents caregivers. There is also a tremendous number who see it coming as our boomer population ages and we start taking care of our parents who, by the way, are living longer and expect it of us.

A few of the major issues of caregiving I hear about are burnout, anger, frustration, exhaustion, boredom, of course love and loneliness.  Most have aches and pains from the constant on their feet running here and there, lifting, bending, carrying, cleaning and all the other movements associated with the daily grind of assisting an older person.  The older and more fragile, the more work involved of course.  My own mother in law for example was dead weight, and much heavier for her size then she should have been. Read the rest of this entry »

Carole Carson
From Fat to Fit

Although it’s easier today than it was 10 years ago, staying fit while traveling is still a challenge. At home, I don’t keep a small refrigerator stocked with liquor and snacks next to my bed. But my hotel room has one, and the Snickers candy bar calls out my name around ten o’clock each night.

And when I breakfast at home, I am not surrounded by glazed doughnuts or luscious pastries too beautiful to eat. Nor does my evening meal tempt me with two or three of my favorite foods in quantities that even a lumberjack would have trouble polishing off. Read the rest of this entry »

Cinda Hocking, LMSW

How Often You Are Active

Be active for short periods of time (5-15 minutes of continuous activity) each day, and for longer times (20 minutes to 1 hour of continuous activity) at least three days a week in order to achieve and maintain your health goals. If you are including weight training, make sure to alternate it with a different activity every other day to allow muscles to rest. For all other activities, a good goal is at least 20 minutes of continuous motion every day. Make activity a priority and schedule it so it becomes a daily habit. Avoid overdoing it in order to “make up” for a missed session. Read the rest of this entry »

Cinda Hocking, LMSW

You may have heard, and many people believe, that as you age, especially if you have a chronic illness or history of injuries, that you become too frail to exert yourself anymore.

Older people become increasingly concerned about falling or exacerbating existing health problems, and are often encouraged and inclined to play it safe and become more sedentary. This cautious attitude is meant to help keep a person safer, but unfortunately usually has the opposite effect and makes them more vulnerable. Without regular use, muscles get out of condition and without practice balance, flexibility and endurance rapidly deteriorate. Read the rest of this entry »


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