4 Ways Seniors Benefit from Being Outside

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When seniors are physically able to get out of the house, they should take advantage of the fresh air and surroundings as often as possible. Here are some of the top benefits that might come your senior loved one’s way if he or she ventures outside on a regular basis.

 1. Vitamin D Synthesis

Vitamin D is especially important for seniors because painful degenerative bone disorders like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis can worsen without it. Natural sunlight helps the body synthesize vitamin D, and it may be better for an elderly person than taking vitamin D supplements. Explain to your loved one that only a few minutes of being outdoors on a sunny day can increase the level of vitamin D in his or her body, which provides numerous health benefits. 

If you usually help your loved one get out and about but need a break now and then, consider having a professional caregiver take over for you. Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, Edmonton families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home.

2. Exposure to Nature

Elderly people sometimes experience depression, anxiety, and cognitive deficits. Exposure to nature can boost your loved one’s mood and provide a sense of wellbeing and peace. Looking at trees, flowers, animals, and grass helps the brain produce chemicals known as endorphins, or “feel-good” chemicals. The release of these chemicals in the brain may also result in pain relief for older adults with chronic pain disorders.

3. Cardiovascular Benefits

Being outdoors in the fresh air may boost your loved one’s cardiovascular health. Pollutants in indoor air can irritate the lungs and even make the heart work harder. Remind your loved one that being outdoors can enhance his or her overall health, facilitate breathing, and even lower the heart rate. Coupled with mild exercise, fresh air can have a dramatically positive effect on chronic pain, including the angina pain often associated with heart and circulation conditions common in the elderly. 

Seniors with mobility issues or health conditions who need assistance getting outdoors can benefit from the help of a trained professional caregiver. Edmonton senior home care 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 caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

4. Knee Pain Relief

Going outside may be just what your loved one needs to restore mobility to arthritic knees. Walking and other forms of light exercise can also reduce systemic inflammation and eliminate knee and hip pain, morning stiffness, and swelling of the kneecaps. Though walking indoors can provide benefits as well, outdoor walking allows seniors the opportunity to enjoy nature, breathe fresh air, see other people, and experience a change of scenery.

Physical challenges are common for many aging adults, but seniors don’t have to manage them alone. Home care service agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (780) 490-7337 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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