Physical Activities You Can Use to Engage Senior Population
As the body grows old one is likely to experience great physiological changes such as decreased cardiac output, loss of muscle mass, and low metabolism which occurs at a different rate between people and even within the body of an individual, the speed at which these physiological changes happen vary from one person to the other and even within an individual, these physiological changes are primarily influenced by individual genes and environmental factors you can read more on this website. The rate at which these physiological changes happen can be derailed through modified physical exercises, however, the exercises need to be safe and tailored according to individual age and all risks involved should be laid down, it is important to seek recommendation from exercise professionals such as exercise physiologists for the right workouts, especially when dealing with the senior population. Exercise physiologists classify the process of aging into three phases, entering old age which is a group of people who have just retired as well as those who have finished child-rearing who can be even 50 years old, the second phase is the transitional phase, this entails people in their 70s and the third phase is frail old people, this group comprises of highly susceptible seniors due to health problems associated with aging, most of them depend on assisted living. Senior people require assistance with basic tasks such as bathing and dressing, you can make them do this themselves by designing tailored exercises to improve the necessary aspects needed to perform the tasks such as coordination and flexibility, this may not be easy especially when you are inexperienced for this reason this article has outlined some ideas you can use, so continue reading.
Elderly population will demonstrate inefficiency in completing activities of daily living (ADL) such as dressing, getting around or bathing and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) such as shopping, cooking, and other house chores, the body physiological changes are responsible for this ineffectiveness of this group, most of the senior people have chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, poor coordination, diabetes among other conditions that are associated with aging. Designing physical activities tailored toward improving ADL and IADL should be prioritized for this group to improve their experience of life and make them self dependent.
The major health condition that most senior people experience is a heart condition which contributes to sudden death in these people, therefore, designing exercises that improve the health of the heart should be your priority, low impact aerobic exercises are ideal for this group, however, close monitoring is required during exercises, to make sure the intensity of the aerobic exercise remain low or moderate level as recommended monitor heart rate, blood pressure as well as their perceived exertion regularly, ensure you collect important data during such exercise to help you design a safe and progressive exercise program that is tailored to individual needs and capabilities. Those are some of the recommended exercises for seniors but also important are flexibility and coordination exercise.