The Advantages of Active Living

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Leading an active lifestyle has many advantages, especially as we enter our senior years.

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The Advantages of Active Living

  1. 1. The Advantages of Active Living
  2. 2. Why choose independent living? <ul><li>Increased opportunities to exercise, socialize </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement to participate in exercise programs and social activities, active living </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation for a quality retirement lifestyle </li></ul>
  3. 3. Exercise as Medicine <ul><li>Theme of American College of Sports Medicine since 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Socializing </li></ul><ul><li>Heart, health and wellness activities </li></ul><ul><li>Most potent and side-effect-free medicine available </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is exercise such good medicine? <ul><li>Reducing risk factors for heart attacks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diabetes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elevated blood pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High cholesterol </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also works as secondary prevention </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wellness Programs <ul><li>Teach that lowering risk factors boosts strength and immune system </li></ul><ul><li>Active bodies don’t need to make as much insulin </li></ul><ul><li>Regular exercise increases sensitivity and keeps fat stores at bay (diabetes prevention) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reducing Depression <ul><li>Exercise can help reduce depression </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage fun group fitness activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart-healthy walks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aquatic programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellness education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dancing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tai chi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yoga </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good for brain chemistry that helps elicit increased strength, flexibility and well-being </li></ul>
  7. 7. What kinds of active living programs are available? <ul><li>Many independent living communities have embraced wellness/ active living </li></ul><ul><li>Residents take ownership of their own goals </li></ul><ul><li>Full range of exercise and socializing opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage individuals to remain productive, contributing community members </li></ul>
  8. 8. Programs Offered <ul><li>Communities search for ways to help people stay mentally and physically independent and active </li></ul><ul><li>Encompassing wellness and life enrichment programs </li></ul><ul><li>Individually designed daily exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Physical activities </li></ul><ul><li>Mind, body, and spirit classes </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Community partners </li></ul>
  9. 9. How do I get going on an exercise program? <ul><li>Look for communities encouraging maximum independence </li></ul><ul><li>Review offerings, search for activities you enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>Ask lots of questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the community have a life enrichment/wellness director? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-site physical therapy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehabilitation services? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and fitness facility? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes that can positively affect arthritis, cancer, heart disease, stroke? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. SeniorHomes.com <ul><li>SeniorHomes.com is a resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services </li></ul><ul><li>Visit http://www.seniorhomes.com for more information on senior housing </li></ul><ul><li>Information in this presentation provided by senior care writer Leslee Jaquette </li></ul>

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