Senior Health and Fitness

Weight training

Weight trainingThe quality of life experienced by seniors is directly related to their level of fitness and overall health. Today, it is possible for seniors to remain healthy, active and involved well into their 80’s. 90’s and beyond, but only if they remain as fit as possible. If you are a spouse, caregiver or the senior concerned, you should be aware of the fitness goals that seniors should strive to meet.
Learn about dietary guidelines for older adults, such as the National Council on Aging Guidelines for Senior Nutrition. Healthy eating guidelines do change a little as you age. As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before, and seniors may have need of some vitamin and mineral supplements like calcium or vitamin D.
Keep a list of prescription medications and over-the-counter products that your senior loved one (or you) take. The metabolic changes that occur naturally with aging may make some of these products inappropriate, especially in combination with other drugs. A trusted physician can say whether you need to be careful of any food-drug interactions.
Watch for any changes to your loved one’s emotional, mental or physical health so you can deal with problems as soon as possible. If you are responsible for that person’s care, it is a good idea to accompany them to doctor appointments.
Remember the benefits of exercise for seniors. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has resources for seniors on how and why to stay active. In your local community, the YMCA or local senior center may be a great place to start. You can visit the local Y’s page within the site at Volusia-Flagler YMCA. To contact the Y by phone, call:

  • 386-532-9622 for the Deltona, Ormond Beach, Port Orange or Edgewater YMCA Branch.
  • 386-736-6000 for the Deland YMCA Branch.
  • 386-253-5675 for the Holly Hill YMCA Branch

The City of Daytona Leisure Department also has many fitness and exercise programs for seniors. Visit their webpage in the site The City of Daytona Leisure Services Department. Reach them by phone at 386-210-7690.
Have a great day, thanks for reading our blog and stay healthy.

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