Exercise is a Major Benefit in Aged Care Homes

It goes without saying that we should keep up exercise, no matter what age we are. But it’s easier said than done, and older Australians can have specific requirements that mean jumping on a treadmill or doing the stairclimber is not a wise idea.

Glenvale Villas philosophy has always been prevention is better than cure, so we encourage our residents to remain active and involved in life. Whereas some traditional nursing homes rely on conservative approaches like bingo and singaalongs (hardly sweat raising!), we do things a little differently at Glenvale. As well as the expected variety of social activities, family gatherings and many other events, we also offer a healthy exercise environment. According to the National Institute of Aging, “Exercise may delay or prevent many diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and others, and may reduce overall death and hospitalization rates.” Following, are just a few of the offered exercise activities residents can enjoy.

Walking Groups

Walking is extremely beneficial to seniors. It can reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure. However, walking alone may not be the most exciting form of exercise. By offering walking groups, residents can socialize and stay motivated to walk regularly.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a low-impact Chinese martial art that focuses on mental and spiritual aspects of life. One major benefit of Tai Chi is that is can also be performed in chairs. This is a great option for those who have less mobility. The class consists of 19 different movements that improve balance and ankle and knee strength.

Golf Putting and Bocce

These two activities allow residents to get outside and enjoy the weather. Bocce is similar to bowling, but played on the lawn instead. It is a good social game as well. Golf Putting is a great way to enjoy low-impact exercise while improving your game.

Wii

Funny name, great fun. Pronounced ‘weeee’ (for those of you who don;t have kids or have lived under a rock for a decade). The Wii allows residents to exercise and connect with family. There is no age that is excluded from this gaming system. Pick from a variety of games to get you moving. These include, bowling, golf and walking. Wii also offers many brain stimulated games. In addition, according to Caring.com, Wii is a great tool to assist in post-op rehab.

Every senior should have the availability of exercise in their every day life. Glenvale Villas has a program for every individual’s need. To learn more about other programs and services, contact us.

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