Not only do we need to keep physically active, but our parents do too. Physical exercise can help their mental and physical health; improve their ability to do everyday tasks; and help manage and maintain diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Exercise can also improve their balance to help prevent fall-related injuries, a real issue with the elderly. Some simple exercises done at home and developing an physical activity program can help.
The National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life program is designed to incorporate physical activity into seniors’ daily life. The program’s website includes basic balance, endurance, flexibility and strength exercises. It also provides loads of free materials such as exercise guides, tip sheets and the Go4Life Everyday Exercises from the National Institute on Aging DVD that provides exercises, tips and success stories.