End of life care can be a difficult topic to discuss or even think about. If you know someone or are someone who is retired, living in a nursing home or another type of care facility, then it’s time to think about how to improve the quality of their remaining time left with you and the rest of the family.
This can be as simple as establishing a low-impact exercise routine, to help you stay active and prolong your life.
The Benefits of Regular Exercise
Staying active is an important part of life. However, it’s especially essential for older adults and seniors.
Regular physical and mental exercise can improve our quality of life, even as we grow older. It can benefit the body by:
- improving mental awareness and clarity
- strengthening bones and joints
- decreasing risk of depression and anxiety
- improving muscle tone
As you can see, there are many benefits to exercising regularly. Implementing daily exercises doesn’t have to be a hard task. If you find jogging or lifting weights tiring, that’s a-okay!
There are certain low-impact exercises, that don’t take up too much time or use a lot of effort, that can make a world of difference.
A walk in the park
Walking is a fantastic form of exercise. Seniors should be getting at least 5000 steps a day to be considered ‘low active.’ Enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors is also stimulating and can help have a positive impact on your mental clarity.
A strong core is important at any age. Deadbugs are an effective exercise that can be done on a floor mat or even your bed. Lie down, raise your legs and arms towards the ceiling and move them towards and away from your body repeatedly. If you struggle to bring your legs up or feel any pain in your lower back, stop and opt for the next exercise instead.
Going for a swim
Swimming with the family is a perfect way to help get some exercise of the way if walking is not an ideal option. Swimming is gentle on the joints and helps to prevent osteoporosis.
Chair drills can help strengthen your core, legs, and can help you with functional movement in everyday life. All you need is a chair and a few minutes out of your day. Practice sitting down, standing, and walking across the room, before walking back and repeating the entire drill again. These can be progressed or regressed depending on your current level of physical fitness.
End of life care
By implementing these simple exercises, end of life care can be vastly improved. The average age of retirement is 63, so if you’re approaching it or are well beyond this age, consider implementing low impact exercises such as these.