Evergreen Rehabilitation, a company providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services at facilities in 18 states, has released an “infographic” illustrating the importance of exercise for maintaining independence after age 65, and presenting statistics about the alarming lack of exercise in our aging population and its high costs to our heath and economy.
As stated in the infographic, “Physical activity is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle. Nowhere is this fact truer than in the case of individuals over the age of 65. Older Americans are at higher risk for many health problems that being active can help prevent. Regular physical activity has been linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and obesity. Despite these obvious health benefits, current numbers suggest older Americans aren’t getting enough.”
The infographic also provides a summary of the four main categories of exercise — weight bearing activity, strength training, flexibility exercises, and balance exercises — and how each can help older Americans maintain independence in their ability to handle the activities of daily living.
View the infographic below »
Infographic presented courtesy of Evergreen Rehabilitation.
- Exercise: Physical Wellness;
- Diet & Nutrition: Physical Wellness;
- Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking & Other Healthy Practices: Physical Wellness;
- Activities to Preserve Mental Acuity: Intellectual Wellness;
- Social Interaction & A Sense of Connection With Others: Social Wellness;
- Other Areas of Wellness: Emotional, Ethical/ Spiritual & Vocational Wellness; and
- Examples of Healthy Aging: Stories of Inspiring Seniors.