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Exercising as a Senior

Seniors may forgo exercise for any number of reasons. They may have mobility issues or lack access to the proper equipment. They may struggle with motivation or simply don’t know where to start. 

Most senior living communities offer a full range of gym equipment and a wide variety of classes such as chair exercise, yoga, weight lifting, dance, and more. Having access to these opportunities that improve mobility, strength, and overall wellness make a huge impact on a senior’s life. And of course, the support of friends in your senior living community can often be the best motivation.

We all know regular exercise is good for heart health and weight management. However, there are many other benefits to exercise, such as managing anxiety and depression, improving mood, and reducing blood pressure. Seniors who are fit are less likely to fall. Exercise also promotes healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association states “growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits such as healthy eating and exercise. A daily schedule of physical, social, and cognitive activities is ideal for the body and the brain.”

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.