As the grips of a harsh winter start to give way to the warmth of spring across the Saint Louis area, now is the time for local seniors to get up, get outside and get moving. Exercise, even the most moderate of regimens, is one of the most important lifestyle choices seniors can make to keep themselves healthy, mentally sharp and physically fit.

Senior Helpers is using these first hints of spring as a source of motivation for local seniors – especially for those who have been homebound and stuck indoors for most of the winter.

It’s really very simple, being active is the single biggest determinant in maintaining and improving physical and mental health for seniors. The weather is starting to turn and we’re encouraging families with aging loved ones to help them make the most of it.

Physical activity is absolutely vital for seniors looking to maintain an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home. There is a direct correlation, no doubt about it.

Exercise among seniors has been proven to reduce the risk of developing some very common diseases and health problems people often encounter as they age. According to the National Institute of Health, these include heart disease, stroke, dementia and an increasingly prevalent issue within the Saint Louis senior community, type 2 diabetes.

A leading risk factor among seniors who may develop type 2 diabetes is a sedentary life style. American Diabetes Alert Day was March 26, and Senior Helpers is encouraging both family caregivers and seniors to learn more about the dangers and causes of diabetes.

Benefits of Exercise for Seniors in Preventing Diabetes:

  • Improves the body’s use of insulin
  • Burns excess body fat, helping to decrease and control body weight
  • Increases blood flow to reduce risk of related heart disease
  • Keeps heart and blood vessels healthy by lowering “bad” (LDL) cholesterol

Abnormal blood sugar levels can be reduced with simple exercise. So those at higher risk of diabetes should try very hard to fit exercise into their routine. This is a simple step, but it’s something all of our caregivers are trained to introduce and encourage wherever possible.

rks very closely with family members keep up with the demands of daily living, meals, chores, errands, transportation, changing linens, etc., as well as encouraging our clients to get up and move as appropriate for their situation. Our clients hire our professional caregivers for a few hours a day or up to 24/7.

For further information on in-home companions, personal care and dementia support, contact Don or Donna Johnson, Senior Helpers, 118 Centre on the Lake, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367, 636-695-3140 or 314-227-9376 or email

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