Adrian McHugh(8), 1900 words
Why be active?
"Physical activity is the single most useful thing that individuals can do to maintain their health and function and quality of life" (World Health Organisation, 1997)
It is a proven fact that physical activity and exercise are good for you and more so for older people in a care setting. It helps maintain and improve quality of life and assist in their independence. People who are active have a lower risk of stroke, cardio vascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and dementia. Exercise can help relieve aches and pains, osteoporosis, increase mobility and loss of muscle strength which decreases incidents of falls and breaking hips which are common with the elderly. Studies also show that exercise for people with dementia reduces confusion and agitation as well as a decrease in the need for medication. Exercises are aimed at improving and maintaining a person's ability to carry out their activities of daily living and focus on areas such as mobility, balance, strength and endurance and aerobic fitness i.e.
slightly improving their ability to sustain an activity such as walking. Exercise is beneficial in promoting mental health and well being in many ways such as improved self-esteem, reduced anxiety and stress and improved overall well-being. An exercise plan for a person with limited mobility can help build their strength and flexibility and may bring many benefits such as increased joint mobility, improved balance, risk and prevention of falls, an increase in reaction and improved maintenance and abilities of carrying out activities of daily living. Exercise can also help control and manage conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and cholesterol levels, arthritis, osteoporosis and cancers. Exercise is also good for the immune system to help fight infection and viruses. Also...