Older adults are no exception to the rule that we should exercise and stay active to maintain health. However, for adults struggling with arthritis care, getting an adequate amount of physical fitness can be troublesome.
Thankfully, the most recent recommendations ease back on the intensity of exercise for aging adults with arthritis, showing that as little as just 45 minutes of exercise a week is sufficient to attain and maintain a high level of functionality – and much less intimidating for individuals who typically steer clear of 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.”
In spite of these scaled-back recommendations, sadly, as few as 10% of the elderly struggling with the difficulties of arthritis are achieving this level of activity. Nevertheless, contributors in a recent study who realized the 45-minute level of moderate activity every week demonstrated an astounding 80% increase in sustained or improved functionality over a 2-year period of time, compared to those who were less active. And it was confirmed that while any amount of activity is preferable to nothing, the 45-minute a week guideline is optimal.
Naturally, always check with the older adult’s health care provider before beginning or adjusting any activity or fitness program. With his or her approval, a great place to begin is with the Arthritis Foundation’s app, Walk With Ease, which includes goal-setting, progress-tracking, a handbook and sample online videos to demonstrate the exercises. Setting aside designated times on a daily basis for physical activity, and making it a top priority, can help make certain activity becomes an ingrained routine and improves the chance of its success.
You can also partner with North River Home Care in Cape Cod for a professional caregiver to help motivate and motivate participation in an exercise routine. It’s always more enjoyable with a companion! We can also provide transportation and accompaniment to exercise programs, to parks along with other outdoor locations for enjoyable walks together, to doctors’ appointments, and more. Contact us to learn more.