Benefits of Water Exercises for Seniors

 

Low-Impact and Pain-Free

Walking up and down a street is great exercise. It also puts stress on the joints. The bones of the feet, the ankles, the knees and the hips are all impacted heavily by simply walking. A healthy person will probably see no ill effects from doing it. Someone with arthritis, however, might end up in serious pain, if taking the walk is even possible to start with.

The same exercise, walking, done in a pool, can offer similar benefits as walking outside with far less impact on the joints. In water, motions are smooth and fluid, rather than disjointed and choppy. The buoyancy of the water takes much of the pressure off feet, ankles and knees with each step. A person’s full weight isn’t coming down on those joints with each step because the water lessens the weight impact. Someone with arthritis who finds it painful to take a walk might have less pain or no pain when walking in water, and may have less pain after the walk, as well.

There’s even an added benefit to doing any kind of exercise in the water as opposed to standing on the ground. Water slows the movements by offering resistance against them. While this is lessening the impact of movements, it’s also pushing against the muscles. If you swing your arm around you now, you can do it quickly and easily. Do the same movement under the water, and you have to work harder.

The resistance the water offers isn’t enough to make the movement difficult, but it adds enough resistance that the muscles work a little harder with each motion. Doing an exercise underwater gives you that movement’s aerobic benefits, such as with walking, while also providing mild strength training and muscle training at the same time.

Water exercises can also be ideal because the risk of falling while walking or exercising is almost eliminated. A slip while in a pool won’t result in a fall to the ground. Instead, the person will be buoyed by the water. Hydrotherapy, or the use of hot water and jets, can also increase and improve circulation. This can help ease the pain from many conditions like arthritis and make it even more comfortable for seniors to exercise and stay healthy.

 

Cole Watts is a writer for GoldenRest.Net.  GoldenRest is an online retailer of Adjustable beds and bedding supplies.

Home Care For Ageing Seniors

Within the population of Atlanta there are a number of senior citizens that are no longer able to do everything for themselves. The Baby Boomer Generation has reached retirement age and many of the seniors that were born after WWII are simplifying their lives and enjoying their golden years. As there is a concern for the welfare of the ageing generations some families move their grandparents or parents into an assisted living facility to ensure that they are properly cared for. While some people are comfortable with someone else doing their cooking and cleaning others prefer to maintain their own independence and hold onto their house and car for as long they can. Although these people might not be able to do everything to keep their home up, they do what they can for themselves and enjoy living alone.

Whether in a hospice or remaining in the house that they raised their children in, senior citizens can have the help that they need to do everything that can for themselves. Throughout Atlanta home care services are providing nursing professionals to check up on individuals and couples that are living alone. Families are able to make sure that their loved ones are treating themselves right by calling on nursing assistants to regularly visit their elderly relatives. At times it may become difficult to prepare a meal or go out to the supermarket to buy groceries. For some elderly people the task of walking to the mailbox or even climbing out of their easy chair to go to the bathroom can be difficult. Whether it is making sure that someone takes their medications each day or needs assistance taking care of their personal hygiene, there are trained and courteous people that are providing the senior citizens of Atlanta home care for people that are unable to do things for themselves anymore.

With the skilled nursing assistants on hand when they need them to be many seniors and retirees are able to keep their independent lifestyle. By calling on the services of an Atlanta home care organization that is available throughout the day and night people that need someone to check on them a few times a week or who need constant care and attention can have the dignity that they deserve and the respect that they demand while still asking for help in doing the things that they are no longer able to take care of on their own. With the care of a loving and friendly staff many families throughout Atlanta have been able to provide the attention that the elderly members of the community need without compromising on the quality of their life.

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