Published on : 29 November 20213 min reading time
Seniors should always talk to their doctor before starting a new exercise program. If approved, regular exercise can strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Whether it’s walking, dancing or stretching, regular physical activity is essential to maintaining mobility. According to a recent study, improvements were seen in all 70- to 90-year-olds who added some physical activity to their weekly routine for about two years, and those who exercised more saw better results.
Maintaining a healthy weight and diet
It’s simply easier to move around without carrying extra weight, and there’s less stress on bones and joints. This is important at any age, but weight issues can be especially important for older adults.
Knowing the effects of medications
Seniors should discuss the side effects of their medications with their doctor. Some may cause problems with balance or alertness, which can impact mobility.
Identify fall hazards in the home
Falls can not only be caused by balance or mobility problems, but injuries can make mobility problems worse. Cleaning the home of clutter and loose rugs or wires, making sure rooms are well lit, using nightlights in bathrooms, and eliminating other tripping hazards can all help prevent falls.
Ask a doctor about walking aids
For those who are a bit unsteady on their feet, a cane or walker can be used. A doctor or physical therapist can recommend specific types and styles. They can also adjust the walking aid to the proper height and ensure that it is used properly.
Combining activity and social connection
Participating in community activities is one of the most enjoyable ways to keep seniors mobile. Local hospitals, senior centers and community centers often have exercise or walking programs
Share concerns with a health care professional
Certain conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and dementia can affect mobility. The risks can often be reduced if the medical condition is diagnosed and treated.
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