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5 Effects of Inactivity on Mental Health in Elderly People

Exercise isn’t optional in the senior years. Older adults can often move to gentler forms of exercise, such as walking. However, they need to move their bodies every day to avoid developing mental health issues. The connection between your ageing loved one’s mind and body is strong, and skipping workouts may do more than just leave him or her feeling sluggish.

1. Sedentary Seniors May Lose Their Confidence

Working out builds a sense of confidence seniors sometimes lack. For example, your loved one may be less fearful of falling and getting hurt when he or she performs exercises to strengthen his or her balance skills. Your parent may also feel better about picking up groceries and doing other essential tasks, and his or her confidence may soar when finishing a workout and meeting fitness goals.

If you’re concerned about your loved one’s ability to exercise safely, consider hiring a trained at-home care worker to provide assistance. North Coast senior care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home care workers.

2. It Increases the Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency

Many seniors enjoy forms of exercise that involve being outside. Choosing to opt out of a walk through the park means your loved one may not get enough sunlight to help his or her body process vitamin D. If your parent doesn’t get enough of this nutrient, he or she could experience fatigue and moodiness. Since it only takes about 15 minutes of sunlight each day to avoid a vitamin D deficiency, your loved one can get enough of this vital nutrient just by taking a walk outside.

3. It Raises the Risk of Depression Linked to Illnesses & Injuries 

Poor exercise habits can also destroy the immune system and leave seniors at risk for injuries. If your loved one becomes bedbound because of an injury or ill health, his or her mental outlook could quickly turn bleak. Seniors who are sick or injured are more likely to become isolated, which could cause them to become more depressed.

If you usually help your loved one exercise but need a break now and then, a professional care worker can take over for you. North Coast respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family carers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family carers who are feeling overwhelmed.

4. Seniors May Lack Proper Blood Circulation to the Brain

The brain needs good blood circulation to think clearly. During a workout, the heart starts pumping blood throughout the body, which strengthens the cardiovascular system so more blood goes to the brain. With proper blood circulation, your loved one may feel more alert and capable of handling stressful events. Your loved one will also be better able to solve problems and focus on positive thoughts that make the day easier to manage.

5. Lower Levels of Endorphins Can Lead to Poorer Moods

Exercising is one of the most natural mood-enhancing activities a person can do. Whether your loved one does yoga, rides a stationary bike, or swims, his or her body begins releasing endorphins from the start. It takes only a few minutes for the mood-boosting benefits of the extra endorphins to start kicking in. These endorphins help with pain relief and are known to ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety so your loved one enjoys better mental health while working on his or her body.

Seniors who need assistance creating and following effective exercise plans can benefit from the help of professional care workers. Homecare experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional care workers can help your ageing loved one continue to live independently. Rely on the professionals at Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate aged care for your loved one. Give us a call today at (02) 6646 3527 to learn about our flexible in-home care plans.