It is really very simple to help the older adult in your life to get much-needed exercise. As you decide to go for a walk take your older adult family member with you. Their physical capabilities may slow your pace but think of the substantial benefits to you and the older adult.
Benefits of Walking
Walking promotes healthy aging so it is increasingly important to help the elderly to maintain meaningful and independent lives for as long as it is possible.
Being physically active has the following benefits:
reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis
reduce the risk of premature death
maintain strength and balance which helps reduce falls
improve mood and reduce feelings of depression
maintain a healthy weight
maintain muscle strength
slow declines in memory and maintain cognitive function
and present long term opportunities to continue performing activities of daily living.
Most People Can Walk
Most people, in spite of their age and the presence of compromising health conditions, can engage in some type of walking. In fact, walking can counteract the consequences of aging and existing ailments. Numerous studies have found that older adults are least likely to exercise and fall short of the daily recommendations of walking. Therefore, initiating that walk is one of the best things you can do for your older adult to help maintain or improve health. A good starting point may be a walk through the neighborhood, a community park or a walking trail. So, lace up a comfortable pair of sneakers, adjust your pace, and you and your older adult enjoy walking at least a few times each week.