Low-impact exercise can reduce the likelihood of age-related health conditions

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 18, 2013

Staying active isn't just important for seniors' physical health. A regular fitness regime can have a range of cognitive benefits for seniors, particularly those who are at risk of developing serious mental health conditions like Alzheimer's. If you're considering helping your aging relative move into an assisted living community or care home, you may want to ask about whether low-impact exercise is part of daily life.

Individuals who have been diagnosed as being at risk of Alzheimer's and other illnesses can benefit tremendously from low-impact exercise. Walking is an ideal example of the type of exercise seniors can engage in, and doing so can lower stress, stave off depression and increase mental focus and clarity. In addition, walking has been found to help lower residents' risk of other illnesses like heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Swimming is another low-impact exercise that is perfect for seniors living in retirement homes. Swimming helps elderly individuals stretch and work their muscles without overexerting them, and can also be an excellent way to maintain residents' standard of cardiovascular health. However, it's important that individuals with memory loss and other cognitive ailments be reminded to stay adequately hydrated while swimming, as failure to do so can have a detrimental impact on their health.