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The Benefits of Staying Active

May 8, 2019

The World Health Organisation Declares Aged Care Activity A Lifesaver

Here at Embracia, we’ve instinctively known that keeping our residents active is an integral part of their overall care regime, and the good news is that the World Health Organisation agrees. They have now released research stating the concrete benefits of staying active as we get older - and there are many. Read on to find out how keeping active can help your ageing family member.

Redefining Wellness at Embracia Aged Care Homes

These days we measure physical health by how much functionality a person has. Function is measured by the ageing person’s ability to perform the things they need to do to feel physically and emotionally well.

The concept of well being has three aspects, social, mental and physical. Activity should always aim to improve at least one of these three aspects of life. Residents report an increase in feeling connected to the world and one another after undergoing physical activity, these feelings do wonders for their mental well being.

The process of ageing is challenging enough, here at Embracia we want to make sure our residents feel as well as possible for as long as possible.

Embracia Keeps People Moving

At Embracia, we tailor our care to your loved one’s needs. Some of the more ‘active’ of the activities we do with residents include walking groups around the neighboring streets. We find the residents love to get out in the sun and see the local neighborhood around both of our Melbourne based nursing homes.

There are also daily group exercise classes with Karina the physiotherapist, and we put on carpet bowls and Bocce on rainy days. There’s also handball to keep hand/eye coordination sharp and of course each month residents find themselves at RSL socials where they can dance to live music. We also bring in live entertainers for the residents who are less able to get out and about, but are still keen to be involved and keep active.

Activity: Four Essential Elements Of Aged Care

Agility
One of the first benefits we start seeing is an improvement in the ability to reach and balance. When your loved one is encouraged to be active, it gives them confidence and independence.

2. Longevity

Gentle exercise like walking can add several years to your lifespan. The World Health Organisation reports that sedentary living is one of the top causes of disability and early death.

3. Fall Prevention

Activity and gentle exercise reduce not just falls but the fear of falling. Confidence is gained through improved strength and balance. If falls have been an issue for your loved one, our physiotherapist can help them work on building muscle and preserving bone density to help reduce the instance of falls in the future.

4. Relieve Chronic Pain

Many residents live with chronic pain. Gentle activity increases blood flow to the heart which keeps cholesterol levels down and therefore reduces incidents of stroke or heart disease. It can also help reduce pain and to manage all sorts of physical conditions by increasing muscle tone, strength and ability.

Understand the Embracia Aged Care Experience

Discover the benefits of staying active at Embracia Aged Care homes, contact us on 1800 281 274 to book a tour.

We provide exceptional aged care in an intimate community that feels like home.