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Benefits of Exercise in the Elderly population

There is no doubt that exercises possesses many benefits. It is important that we incorporate it into our daily routine. As we age, the benefits of daily exercise becomes more evident as it helps improve not only our physical health but our mental health as well. Here are 5 benefits we get from daily exercises as we get older.

  1. Living longer
    Last month, we covered the importance of fall prevention and how daily exercise can help! Daily exercise strengthens the muscles needed for walking and staying balanced! 

  2. Prevent falls
    A sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading causes of death and disability. The best way to counter that is to exercise daily whether it is a light walk or an extreme workout, it will go a long way!

  3. Become involved socially
    You are not alone in this journey! There are other individuals like you who are implementing exercise in their daily routines! There are many programs and gyms that offer engaging classes where you can be socially engaged and meet new people!

  4. Improve Mental Health
    Once again, a sedentary lifestyle has many negative impacts. By exercising daily, you benefit and reduce the risk of dementia and other mental health related conditions.

  5. Increased independence and confidence
    Daily exercise translates into improved functional performance which can benefit your independence! Moreover, an increase in independence can lead to a boost in confidence and better mental health and image of oneself.

Signs, Symptoms and what to do during a Stroke.

In 2016, the Heart and Stroke foundation report revealed that there are 62,000 strokes in Canada each year. An appalling one stroke per 9 minutes. During a stroke, every minute counts and can lessen the damage that may occur to the brain!

Here are a few signs and symptoms of an oncoming stroke so that you or your loved one can be informed and act quickly!

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sudden Numbness (in arms, legs, face, especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden Confusion
  • Sudden trouble seeing
  • Sudden trouble walking and dizziness
  • Sudden severe headache

In order to reduce any further brain damage, you need to act F.A.S.T.

F (FACE) – Ask this person to smile for you. Does one side of their face drops?

A (ARMS) – Request this person to lift up both of their arms. Are they having any difficulty? Does one arm drift downward?

S (SPEECH) –  Ask this person to repeat to you a simple phrase, do they have trouble

T (TIME) – If any of these signs are present, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible!

The most important steps to take when a Stroke happens are the ones after. It is vital that these signs and symptoms are tested in order to reduce any further damage to the brain. It is crucial to get professional help immediately after!