Active Living

by Lois Etienne on October 26, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Experts advise that one’s lifespan is mostly determined by simple genetics, nutrition and exercise. People are living longer and that increased lifespan is due to a combination of genetic and acquired factors that include environmental factors and illnesses and disease.

However, many older adults require home or assisted care, because activities of daily living can become too challenging, not because of chronic disease, but just lost physiological capacity.

But the good news is, it’s not lost forever, we can retrain our bodies!

According to research, the older you are, the faster your muscles tire, with fewer rests, leading to increased fatigue. Exercise can help, but 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous activity daily is what’s needed for seniors to remain independent. In other words, exercise is medicine for aging.

Along with increased exercise, they find folks are living longer who also have a strong sense of community and some kind of spiritual or family aspect that gives them that “something to live for.”

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