The rule to exercise and stay as active as possible for the best health applies to older adults as well! But if you are battling arthritis, it can be difficult to maintain a good amount of exercise because of pain.
Fortunately, the latest recommendations ease back on the intensity of exercise for elderly people with arthritis, specifying that as little as just 45 minutes of physical exercise each week is sufficient to help manage arthritis and keep a high level of functionality – and much less daunting for people who have a tendency to shy away from exercise.
In accordance with Northwestern University professor Dorothy Dunlop, “For those older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic.”
Despite having these scaled-back recommendations, unfortunately, as few as 10% of seniors being affected by the difficulties of arthritis are accomplishing this level of activity. However, contributors in a recent study who achieved the 45-minute level of moderate activity per week showed an incredible 80% increase in sustained or improved functionality over a 2-year timeframe, compared with individuals who were less active. And it was confirmed that although any amount of exercise is preferable to none, the 45-minute weekly guideline is optimal.
Of course, always check with the senior’s medical doctor prior to starting or modifying any activity or exercise program. With his or her agreement, an excellent place to start out is with the Arthritis Foundation’s app, Walk With Ease, which incorporates goal-setting, progress-tracking, a manual and sample online videos to demonstrate the exercises. Putting aside designated times on a daily basis for exercising, and making it a priority, may help ensure activity becomes an ingrained routine and increases the possibility of its success.
You can also partner with Atlanta Home Care Partners, expert providers of in home elderly care Atlanta and the surrounding areas trust, for a professional caregiver to help motivate engagement in an exercise routine. It’s always more enjoyable with a companion! We can also offer transportation and accompaniment to exercise programs, to parks or other outdoor locations for pleasant walks together, to doctors’ appointments, and more. Contact Us at (404) 228-0103 to learn more tips on how to help manage arthritis pain.