Inactivity impacts our overall health. But what happens after retirement? Buying a new fancy recliner is only going to provide short time relaxation for our senior loved ones. Sitting in the newness of retirement is not going to make anyone healthier. In fact, inactivity works against the health of our heart and our brain.

Inactivity impacts overall health and is associated with the acceleration of cognitive decline in older adults, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference held this summer in Washington D.C.

Participating in activities that promote physical health and social interaction are some of the most important measures to take before and after retirement

Staying Active

Start moving around the house as soon as you get up in the morning; turn off the TV. And the new recliner you received from the office as a retirement gift? Use it to read stories to the grandkids when they stop by on vacation. Ban the chair to the guest room.

Lack of physical exercise also increases the risk of falling. And falling has a negative impact on quality of life. According to the National Institutes of Health, one out of three adults 65 and older suffers a fall each year. Injuries and physical disabilities associated with falls make an impact on the quality of life. Also, according to a National Institutes of Health report, 1.6 million older adults in the U.S. end up in the emergency room due to fall-related injuries.

Starting Out

Before starting an exercise regimen, consult with a medical professional about health concerns and limitations. If a senior loved one is afraid of falling or has fallen recently, it is necessary they talk to a doctor before they start exercising.

If older adults are afraid to go on walks alone, join them on short treks in the neighborhood or seek the assistance of a trained companion caregiver who can accompany seniors when family caregivers are not able. Call a licensed agency to inquire about companion services and fall prevention care.

  • Start slow if you have not exercised in a while; however, keep moving and stay physically active.
  • Take morning walks or late evening strolls at a local park or inside an air-conditioned mall.
  • Keep a routine and log your times and laps. There are some apps you can use to log your laps or when you go for short walks or jogs.  Walks can be logged in a journal, too.
  • Join local walking and jogging groups. Joining a group also helps increases the opportunity to socialize, which also has a positive effect on seniors and older adults.
  • If you do not have a local walking group to join, create one by inviting family members, friends or members from a congregation.

We hope we have inspired you on the importance of staying physically active. Senior Helpers of Orlando encourages older adults to stay active. We also understand the importance of making sure our caregivers are trained in fall prevention.

If you or a senior loved one is in need of companionship or home health care, please call Senior Helpers of Orlando at 407-628-4357 to inquire about our services. We provide home health care and Alzheimer’s care services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

Ana P. DeLane

Senior Helpers of Orlando Team Member


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