Encouraging Seniors to Stretch Their Bodies
Spring has sprung, and while the temperatures may not be quite as warm as we would like, the staff and residents here at Hart Heritage Assisted Living are looking to get moving.
This is the perfect opportunity for seniors who have been hibernating all winter to get moving. But did you know, that whether your aging loved one is a daily walk kind of person or only interested in minimal activity, that stretching is important?
Stretching can be done nearly anywhere, at any time and can have many benefits.
As we age, we can develop bad habits which can cause poor posture and limited flexibility. It’s a vicious cycle. The less we use our bodies, the more uncomfortable they become when we do any sort of physical activity. While this can happen to anyone, older adults are especially vulnerable. The best way to avoid becoming creaky and sore? Stretching.
In addition to helping the body stay limber, stretching has several other benefits including:
- Pain relief
- Stress relief or reduction
- Improved circulation
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- Feeling of independence
- Overall increased feeling of well-being
- Stretching classes offer the chance to socialize
How to Stretch
Seniors can do these exercises at home, or in an assisted living community stretching group. Of course, before beginning any new physical activity, you or your loved one should clear it with their health care provider.
Here at Hart Heritage Assisted Living, we can help seniors with stretching and becoming more flexible. Our physical therapist offers an invaluable partnership to help our residents feel safe and motivated to begin and continue a stretching routine. We can offer targeted stretching routines to meet your aging loved one’s individual needs and abilities.
If you’d like more information about what opportunities there are for physical activity at Hart Heritage Assisted Living, or if you’d like to schedule a tour of one of our assisted living communities, call us at 410-638-6047. We’d love to welcome you or your loved one into our family!