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The Importance of Post-Pandemic Strengthening Exercises for Seniors

Strengthening exercises for seniors can help improve mobility and safety.

While we are gradually easing our way out of the pandemic, we are discovering more about how it has impacted older adults – both physically and emotionally. We all know older adults have been at an increased chance of serious complications and death from the COVID-19 virus, but the impacts of 15 months of physical distancing and social isolation are similarly worrisome.

Dr. Jonathan Bean of the New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System has noted a “significant decline in functioning” in both his elderly patients and his own mother. Whereas she had been able to walk using the assistance of a walker, take part in conversations, and engage in other activities of daily life independently pre-pandemic, her cognitive and self-care abilities have declined rapidly.

Physical therapy Linda Teodosio confirms, explaining, “Immobility and debility are outcomes to this horrific pandemic that people aren’t even talking about yet.” She is observing a considerable increase in both falls and chronic disease exacerbation – likely the cause of poor lifestyle choices due to the pandemic that may include unhealthy ways of eating and reduced exercise.

The Importance of Post-Pandemic Strengthening Exercises for Seniors

As a result, more and more seniors are in need of physical therapy and other rehabilitative services. A number of health plans are addressing the issue by following up with seniors to check on their wellbeing and to help connect them with rehabilitative services to increase their strength. Surprisingly, up to 20% of a senior’s muscle tissue may be lost by just not walking for about five days, according to physical therapist Sabaa Mundia.

Before attempting strengthening exercises for seniors, however, it’s important to first schedule a consultation with a health care provider for a full exam and recommendations on safe, ability-appropriate exercise. Then make a plan to help the seniors in your life adhere to a healthy lifestyle which includes a good amount of physical activity.

Let The Care Company help the seniors that you know stay as engaged and physically active as possible to remain strong post-pandemic. Our caregivers are always readily available to supply the encouragement and motivation to help seniors make physical exercise a routine element of every day. We are able to also provide transportation and accompaniment to exercise classes, the gym, the pool – wherever and whenever a senior wants to go. Sometimes, just adding in an everyday walk with one of our friendly care providers can make a world of difference in how older adults feel!

Email or give us a call at (416) 422-2273 for a free in-home consultation to learn more about how our Toronto elderly assistance can help.


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