Older adults

This week we are focusing on the older adults in the community. Keeping mobile in older age is key to ensure joints and muscles are still in use, which will allow for additional mobility when completing daily activities. Therefore, our Public Health Team has provided resources specific to older people, including online exercise classes that encourage movement and flexibility, helping the older community in day-to-day life.

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Added benefits of exercise

There are many added benefits to exercise, including:

  • Keep your spirits up
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Have a good appetite
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Keep your bowels healthy
  • Keeps your muscles and bones strong
  • Prevent existing health conditions from getting worse
  • Boosting overall physical and mental health

Being active in older age every day can also help to reduce:

  • Risk of falls and fractures
  • Risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and some cancers

The free resources are available now and will help aid everyone to get moving more before lockdown ends, making it easier to transition back into normal life. Consistent movement can also ensure the older people maintain their independence, if living at home alone, this is vital to allow them to complete daily tasks such as food shopping and visiting others when permitted to do so.

Other activities

Additionally, there are other examples of physical activity that can be done that home, which can help older adults to raise their heart rate:

  • Brisk walking
  • Climbing stairs safely
  • Jogging around the house or on the spot
  • Carrying manageable bags of groceries
  • Chair based exercises