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Activities for the Mind, Body and Soul

Keeping an older adult's mind, body and social life active can prevent or even reverse frailty, and family caregivers assisting seniors are in a unique position to help them figure out what activities will work best. According to Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., one of the nation's foremost authorities on mobility, balance disorders and falls in older adults, "A key is simple activities that seniors find pleasurable or enjoyable."

Aging comes with challenges, but helping elderly family members stay active can improve their physical and mental health as they age. Walking, sharing memories, and spending time with others are great places to start.

Warning Signs for Seniors

As a family caregiver, how can you tell if your loved one is in trouble? According to geriatrician and researcher Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., seniors becoming weak or frail is usually the result of problems with various systems of the body.


Fears About Aging

Many of the fears that aging adults experience relate to the biggest challenge they say they face: staying active. According to a recent survey conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network, seniors worry about the future, beginning with the loss of their independence.*

Seniors and family caregivers, as well as doctors and other health care professionals, see the positive effects of staying active into old age. Both psychological and physical aspects of aging are affected by an elderly person's activity level.

Why Seniors Become Frail

In a women's study released in 2009, researchers at Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities discovered the important role activity plays in the fight against frailty and shed new light on what causes the condition.

Lack of activity can lead to a downward spiral of poor health resulting in frailty, a condition that threatens the mind, body and social life of older adults, according to senior care experts.

Fear of Frailty - Research Shows Lack of Activity Threatens Seniors' Independence

Fear of frailty is of paramount concern not only for seniors, but adults ages 35 to 62 – many of whom are daughters – worried about the health and safety of their older loved ones. That's according to results of a recent survey of seniors and adult children that reveals staying physically active is a major challenge for older adults.

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  • While staying physically active may be a challenge for seniors, getting Mom (and Dad) moving can help prevent and even reverse signs of frailty, and help increase their independence.

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