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How Can Physical Exercise Provide Mental Stimulation for the Elderly?

Encouraging regular exercise is a large part of providing the type of home care Las Vegas seniors can benefit from. The positive effects physical exercise has on a senior’s body are well known. However, there are also some surprising effects this same exercise can have on your elderly loved one’s brain. 

Enhanced Mood

The physical activity gained through exercise stimulates a variety of brain chemicals and endorphins. These endorphins are responsible for the happy and relaxed feelings your loved one experiences after exercise. This boost in your loved one’s mood can last long after the exercise session has concluded, so he or she may reap the benefits throughout the day.

A Boost in Energy

Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to tissues in the body, which in turn creates a more efficient cardiovascular system. When your loved one’s body is running efficiently he or she will have more energy. This energy is needed for your loved one to stay motivated to engage in activities that are mentally stimulating, such as reading, doing puzzles, and interacting socially.

Better Sleep Hygiene

We all know how hard it is to function on a lack of sleep. When we don’t get enough rest we often feel forgetful and have trouble concentrating. By incorporating physical exercise into your loved one’s daily routine, he or she may become more alert and clearheaded. People who exercise regularly have been found to not only fall asleep faster but enjoy a deeper sleep as well.

Increased Social Stimulation

There are many group exercise classes available at community centers, fitness centers, and local campuses. Many of these classes cater specifically to seniors, providing important activity in a fun setting designed with your loved one’s physical needs in mind. Just as importantly, these classes provide great social opportunities to make new friends. By interacting with new people while learning a new exercise, your loved one can be mentally stimulated in multiple ways.

Though regular exercise is important, some seniors may have limits in their mobility preventing them from participating. If your loved one needs assistance with mobility and exercise, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to help with these and many other important tasks. For more information on part-time and live-in care Las Vegas families trust, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (702) 550-3185 to schedule a free in-home consultation.