Yoga is an ancient practice that has been revived in modern times now that the benefits for the mind and spirit are well known. Watching advanced yoga practitioners can make anyone feel intimidated, but there are beginner classes and videos available specifically for seniors. Yoga can help seniors stay flexible and build strength. If you are the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality at-home care, Nashville Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.
Learning how to practice a few yoga positions provides seniors with these amazing benefits.
1. Reduce Falls by Increasing Balance
Stability is important during the senior years, and minor health issues such as ear infections can generate vertigo. Practicing yoga helps seniors strengthen the core muscles that control balance. As seniors learn how to master the positions, caregivers can provide a steady hand, or seniors can use a chair for support until they develop greater balance.
2. Engage in a Healthy Social Activity
Senior yoga classes are a wonderful way for older adults to meet new people. Yoga classes reinforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle since everyone there is working on staying fit. Caregivers can provide seniors with transportation to their classes so they do not have to drive after a vigorous workout.
3. Ease Joint Pain
Arthritis is a common disease that occurs during the senior years, and the associated health conditions can cause seniors to skip out on their exercise routines. With yoga, seniors can choose to take it easy by working through a few gentle positions until their joints loosen up. Having control over their workout makes it more likely for seniors to do their exercises, and each stretch can help reduce arthritis symptoms.
4. Increase Oxygen Intake Through Deep Breathing
Keeping the respiratory system functioning well sends oxygenated blood to every part of a senior’s body. During yoga, seniors are taught how to breathe deeply through specific points when holding a pose. As oxygenated blood circulates through the body, seniors feel more alert and energized.
5. Calm Anxious Thoughts
Seniors may experience stress for various reasons, and finding ways to calm anxiety is a priority when it begins to affect your loved one’s life. Older adults who enjoy yoga can also practice mindful meditation. Yoga practice can be a positive distraction for your loved one when he or she is consumed by negative thoughts.
Negative thinking may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Nashville Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives.
6. Learn to Listen to the Body
Body awareness is important during the senior years. Gentle yoga movements allow seniors to stretch further when something feels good or stop if something begins to hurt. Yoga helps reduce the injuries that can occur with other types of exercise, and mastering new poses keeps seniors motivated.
Yoga and other types of exercise can also help senior citizens maintain their independence. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Nashville Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. Call us today at (615) 656-4999 to learn more about our senior care programs.