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How keeping active can impact your health and quality of life – at every age.

It is well known that exercise and a healthy lifestyle have a positive impact on your health and mental wellbeing. This is also true for our elderly loved ones. Whilst it can be a challenge as we age to continue to exercise, the benefits are worth the investment.

Not only does exercise assist with keeping your heart and bones healthy, but it is also good for the mind. A US study showed that mild exercise in over 70’s actually leads to a decrease in brain shrinkage – a leading factor in Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that for older people, having an exercise program can increase stability. Increased stability ultimately leads to a decrease in falls, which is a major cause of morbidity in elderly Australians.

At Aged Care Decisions we love watching how our partner providers incorporate exercise into the day to day lives of residents in their facilities. At Tricare Upper Mount Gravatt, Queensland, chair rhythmic gymnastics and belly dancing classes are a popular favourite with residents. Meanwhile, at Autumn Aged Care in Boronia, Victoria, Dancercise is on the timetable and at Arcare Brighton they play balloon table tennis in honour of the Australian Open. These activities keep the residents on their toes and connect them with their local community. The team at Whiddon Aged Care in NSW’s Hunter Region have even teamed up with their local YMCA to provide an engaging and appropriate exercise program for their residents.

Images Courtesy of Tricare and Arcare via Facebook

What to ask when you tour an aged care facility

If you are currently looking for aged care options for yourself or your loved one, make sure to find out about the variety and regularity of exercise for the residents. Some questions to ask include:

  • Do you have regular exercise programs available to residents?
  • Are these programs designed by an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist?
  • How often are the programs held?
  • Usually how many residents take part in the programs?
  • Do you have opportunities for one-on-one exercise programs?

A good exercise program is one that is well supervised, regular and engaging. You also want to make sure the program has a good participation rate and options for a variety of mobility levels.

So whether it is chair yoga, gardening or drum workshops the opportunities for exercise in aged care are certainly not limited!

If you were interested in touring some local aged care facilities, the team at Aged Care Decisions are more than happy to assist. Our service includes finding local aged care options for yourself or your loved one. Get in touch here or give us a call on 1300 775 870.