Staff at many day care centers for elderly participants encourage their seniors to join in group exercise. The best exercise programs are carefully tailored to the capabilities of the participants. Exercise is a very important factor in determining one’s quality-of-life. Involvement in a good program can lead to a more positive attitude and general sense of well-being.
Exercise is encouraged
Typically, infirmities of old age produce a declining interest in physical activity – especially exercise of any kind. Afflictions such as arthritis, shortness of breath, excessive weight, a weakened cardio-vascular system, and injury can make even the simplest of movements difficult for many older people.
Taking an overly cautious approach to exercise often yields a further decline in fitness, attitude and over all health. General malaise and even depression can be the result.
“Use it or lose it” applies to seniors too!
Healthcare professionals who work with older Americans appreciate the beneficial role even limited physical activity can play in their daily outlook on life. The staff of these facilities implement programs designed to encourage participation in various activities during the course of their day.
Seniors have been observed to benefit from these daily exercise regimens in many ways:
- Increased energy level
- Improved muscle tone
- Less shortness of breath
- More endurance
- Enhanced general sense of well-being
- Greater interest in being more active
- Increased appetite
- Better attitude and outlook on life
When you contact a Senior Day Care Center, be sure to inquire as to the role exercise plays in their daily schedule. It can make a world of difference in the quality of the remaining time your loved one will be with you and your family.