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The Benefits of Swimming and Water Exercise for Elderly Adults

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Elderly Care in Sandy Springs GA

Regular exercise has many health benefits for elderly adults.  Exercise promotes bone health, fights depression and stress, and it can help elderly adults manage various chronic illnesses as well as Elderly-Care-Sandy-Springs-GAchronic pain.  However, some exercise activities, especially high impact ones, can actually cause pain or be too difficult for elderly adults to do.  Swimming and water exercises, on the other hand, are easy on the joints and have health benefits beyond just the regular benefits of exercising.

Is Swimming or Water Exercise The Right Fit for the Elderly Adult Under Your Care?

Before starting any exercise program, elderly adults should get the “ok” from their doctor.  If their doctor approves, then it could be an excellent exercise option, especially if they have found other types of exercise painful or not enjoyable.  If their preference is to exercise alone and have peace and quiet, they may prefer to do lap swimming.  If they enjoy exercising for the social aspect, you may seek to enroll them in a water aerobics class.

What are the Benefits of Swimming and Water Exercise for the Elderly?

The benefits of swimming and water exercise are many, here are just a few ways elderly adults can use swimming and water exercise to improve their overall health and quality of life:

•   Exercising in water has mental health benefits.  It has been shown to lower stress, improve mood, and decrease anxiety and depression.

•   It is a perfect form of exercise for those suffering from arthritis.  It can actually improve joint health and reduce pain.

•   It can help maintain bone health for those suffering from or at risk for osteoporosis.

•   It is a great cardio exercise that is good for heart health.

•   While exercising on land, elderly adults can be at an increased risk of falls.  While swimming and exercising in water, this risk is greatly reduced.  It is important to note, however, that elderly adults should wear shoes with good traction on pool decks and walk with caution on wet surfaces going to and from the pool.

•   It can increase an elderly adult’s strength and flexibility.

•   Going to the pool helps elderly adults to get out of the house and to socialize.  Group water aerobics classes are great for elderly adults looking for a social activity that is both healthy and fun.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for elderly care in Sandy Springs, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.

Source:http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/health_benefits_water_exercise.html